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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: LGT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT AND WEB CAM. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Thursday Aug 06, 2020 11:15 AM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 10:59 UTC, 06/08/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200806/1054Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/759

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: LGT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT AND WEB
CAM.

OBS VA DTG: 06/1046Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1908 W09902 - N1904 W09837
- N1858 W09837 - N1854 W09902 - N1908 W09902 MOV
W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 06/1700Z SFC/FL190 N1911 W09922
- N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1850 W09923 -
N1911 W09922

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/2300Z NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 07/0500Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA SEEN IN SAT IMAGERY MOV W FM SUMMIT.
MULTIPLE VOLCAT ALERTS. VA EMS SEEN IN WEB CAM
BUT DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH IS VA AND HOW
MUCH ARE GASES. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A W-LY MOV
THRU T+6 HRS. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200806/1700Z

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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