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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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Popocatépetl volcano
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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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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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONTG VA EMS. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Saturday Jul 25, 2020 10:15 AM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 10:13 UTC, 25/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200725/1012Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/711

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONTG VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 25/1001Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1908 W09923 - N1904 W09837
- N1901 W09836 - N1839 W09913 - N1908 W09923 MOV
W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 25/1600Z SFC/FL210 N1911 W09933
- N1904 W09838 - N1859 W09834 - N1832 W09934 -
N1911 W09933

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 25/2200Z SFC/FL210 N1935
W09924 - N1902 W09838 - N1858 W09838 - N1856
W09934 - N1935 W09924

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 26/0400Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA CLD OBS IN SAT EXT UP 40 NM WSW FM
SUMMIT. VA PLUME MAY EXTEND FURTHER W BUT WX CLDS
OBSC AREA. OBS VA FL ESTD FM NWP MDLS AND WEBCAM
IMAGERY. FL MVMT EXP TO TURN TO WNW THRU T+12.
...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200725/1615Z

Previous news
Friday, Jul 24, 2020
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and ash emissions drifted SW visible from Tropomi (image: @DlrSo2/twitter)
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. ... read all

Background:

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.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information


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