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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
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Popocatépetl volcano eruptions:
1345-47, 1354, 1363(?), 1488, 1504, 1509(?), 1512, 1518, 1519-23(?), 1528, 1530, 1539-40, 1542, 1548, 1571, 1580, 1590, 1592-94, 1642, 1663-65, 1666-67, 1697, 1720, 1802-04, 1827(?), 1834(?), 1852(?), 1919-22, 1923-24, 1925-27(?), 1933, 1942-43, 1947, 1994-95, 1996-2003, 2004-ongoing
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive, construction of lava domes. Plinian eruptions at intervals of several centuries or few thousands of years, vulcanian and strombolian activity in intermittent phases.
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Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): moderate amplitude tremor
Friday Jul 24, 2020 07:32 AM | BY: MARTIN
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and ash emissions drifted SW visible from Tropomi (image: @DlrSo2/twitter)
Tremor recorded by CENAPRED (image: CENAPRED)
Emissions from Popocatépetl volcano (image: CENAPRED)
CENAPRED reported that the seismicity remained elevated including periods of moderate amplitude tremor.
The seismic station records 1,348 minutes of tremor
(854 minutes of low amplitude and 494 minutes of moderate amplitude) as can be seen in the figure below.
Emissions of steam and gas plumes with minor ash content rose 6,561 ft (2,000 m)
above the crater and drifted SW.
Ashfall was reported in area of Tetela del Volcán, Ocuituco, Atlatlahucán, Yecapixtla, Yautepec and Jiutepec, Juchitepec, Tepetlixpa, Atlautla, Ozumba and Ecatzingo.
Source: Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres volcano activity update 24 July 2020
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
A spectacular vulcanic explosion from the crater occurred at 09:58 local time yesterday.
A dense ash plume reached approx. 24,000 ft (7,300 m)
altitude. Volcanic ash is dispersed towards the west-southwest and causes ash fall on the volcano's slopes that is expected in Ecatzingo, San Juan Tepecoculco, San Andrés Tlalamac, San Pedro, Tetela del Volcán, Texcala, Jumiltepec, Ocuituco and Yecapixtla. ... read all
Volcán Popocatépetl, whose name is the Aztec word for smoking mountain, towers to 5426 m 70 km SE of Mexico City to form North America's 2nd-highest volcano. The glacier-clad stratovolcano contains a steep-walled, 250-450 m deep crater. The generally symmetrical volcano is modified by the sharp-peaked Ventorrillo on the NW, a remnant of an earlier volcano.
At least three previous major cones were destroyed by gravitational failure during the Pleistocene, producing massive debris-avalanche deposits covering broad areas south of the volcano. The modern volcano was constructed to the south of the late-Pleistocene to Holocene El Fraile cone. Three major plinian eruptions, the most recent of which took place about 800 AD, have occurred from Popocatépetl since the mid Holocene, accompanied by pyroclastic flows and voluminous lahars that swept basins below the volcano. Frequent historical eruptions, first recorded in Aztec codices, have occurred since precolumbian time.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information
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