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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: LIKELY CONS VA EMS. to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Tuesday Jul 28, 2020 19:30 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 19:15 UTC, 28/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200728/1912Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/729

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: LIKELY CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 28/1851Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1921 W09834 - N1901 W09838
- N1852 W09853 - N1856 W09854 - N1921 W09834 MOV
SW 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 29/0100Z SFC/FL220 N1916 W09826
- N1859 W09836 - N1859 W09838 - N1915 W09850 -
N1916 W09826

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 29/0700Z SFC/FL220 N1918
W09833 - N1907 W09818 - N1849 W09838 - N1903
W09846 - N1918 W09833

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 29/1300Z SFC/FL220 N1912
W09829 - N1903 W09816 - N1843 W09829 - N1859
W09840 - N1912 W09829

RMK: VA EMS LKLY CONTG AND HARDLY MOVING RO SW. WX
CLD CVR OBSC SUMMIT. NWP MDLS CONT TO FCST LGT AND
VAR WINDS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200729/0115Z

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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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