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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: VA SEEN IN SAT AND WEB CAM. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Thursday Jul 30, 2020 05:15 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 00:29 UTC, 30/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200730/0026Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/734

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA SEEN IN SAT AND WEB CAM.

OBS VA DTG: 30/0011Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1929 W09921 - N1904 W09838
- N1858 W09840 - N1856 W09923 - N1929 W09921 MOV
W 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/0600Z SFC/FL210 N1951 W09947
- N1904 W09837 - N1858 W09838 - N1909 W09951 -
N1951 W09947

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 30/1200Z SFC/FL210 N1935
W09950 - N1903 W09839 - N1856 W09839 - N1852
W09950 - N1935 W09950

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 30/1800Z SFC/FL210 N1932
W09950 - N1904 W09837 - N1856 W09835 - N1847
W09947 - N1932 W09950

RMK: VA SEEN IN SAT IMAGERY MOV WNW FM SUMMIT AND
EXTDG OUT 25 NM. WX CLDS HAVE CLEARED IN AREAS
MAKING THE VA NOW ABLE TO BE SEEN. VOLCANO CAM
SHOWS A WELL DEFINED PLUME TO NEAR FL210. MODEL
GUIDANCE SHOWS A W-LY MOV THRU T+18 HRS. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200730/0630Z

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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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