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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 EMS SEEN IN SAT. to 23000 ft (7000 m)

Friday Jul 31, 2020 03:00 AM | 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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 02:55 UTC, 31/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200731/0251Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/740

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
RADIOSONDE.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS SEEN IN SAT.

OBS VA DTG: 31/0236Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1904 W09837 - N1858 W09837
- N1837 W09937 - N1859 W09942 - N1904 W09837 MOV
W 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 31/0830Z SFC/FL230 N1911 W10009
- N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1847 W10009 -
N1911 W10009

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 31/1430Z SFC/FL230 N1919
W10008 - N1904 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1851
W10010 - N1919 W10008

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 31/2030Z SFC/FL230 N1932
W10010 - N1904 W09835 - N1859 W09837 - N1900
W10009 - N1932 W10010

RMK: VA SEEN BETWEEN WX CLDS MOV WSW FM SUMMIT.
VA MAY EXTD OUT FARTHER, BUT UNABLE TO DETERMINE
DUE TO WX CLDS. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A CONT W-LY
MOV THRU T+18 HRS. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200731/0845Z

Previous news

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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