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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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Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): minor explosion

Wednesday Aug 05, 2020 08:11 AM | BY: MARTIN
Explosion from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
Explosion from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
Explosion from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
Explosion from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
Large amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions dispersed towards the northwest (image: @DlrSo2/twitter)
Large amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions dispersed towards the northwest (image: @DlrSo2/twitter)
The activity of the volcano continues at moderate to high levels.
CENAPRED recorded that minor explosion at 05:37 local time occurred yesterday.
23 emissions of gas and steam plumes with minor ash content occurred. The plumes were dispersed towards the northwest direction.
Plume of ash rose to an altitude of 21,000 ft (6,400 m).
The seismic station records 1373 minutes of tremor.
Source: Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres volcano activity update 5 August 2020
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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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