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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: CONS VA EMS CONTG. to 23000 ft (7000 m)

Thursday Jul 30, 2020 16:30 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 and is moving at 15-20 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 16:14 UTC, 30/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200730/1611Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/738

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS CONTG.

OBS VA DTG: 30/1536Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N2011 W10058 - N1911 W09909
- N1901 W09837 - N1859 W09836 - N1855 W10104 -
N2011 W10058 MOV W 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/2130Z SFC/FL230 N1935 W10121
- N1902 W09837 - N1858 W09835 - N1849 W10117 -
N1935 W10121

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 31/0330Z SFC/FL230 N1921
W10126 - N1901 W09838 - N1858 W09835 - N1836
W10107 - N1921 W10126

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 31/0930Z SFC/FL230 N1937
W10124 - N1902 W09836 - N1858 W09836 - N1853
W10129 - N1937 W10124

RMK: VA MOVG OFF TO NW/WNW EARLIER THIS MORNING
NOW MOVG MORE W. VA OBS TO 140 NMI W OF SUMMIT.
NWP MDLS FCST ONLY SLGT CHGS IN WINDS THRU
T+18HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200730/2215Z

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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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