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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: NEW VA EMS. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Fri, 7 Aug 2020, 17:30
17:30 PM | 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 17:24 UTC, 07/08/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200807/1722Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/762

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 07/1711Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1903 W09915 - N1902 W09838
- N1859 W09835 - N1846 W09915 - N1903 W09915 MOV
W 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/2300Z SFC/FL190 N1910 W09913
- N1903 W09838 - N1859 W09836 - N1855 W09914 -
N1910 W09913

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/0500Z NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/1100Z NO VA EXP

RMK: NEW VA EMS NOTED IN STLT IMAGERY AND IN WEB
CAM. INTERMITTENT PUFFS MOV TO W AND WSW OF
SUMMIT. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200807/2315Z

Previous news
Fri, 7 Aug 2020, 08:30
Glow and steam/ash emissions from Popo volcano this morning (image: CENAPRED webcam)
Over the past weeks, the activity of the volcano has remained essentially unchanged at moderate levels. ... read all
Wed, 5 Aug 2020, 08:11
Explosion from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
The activity of the volcano continues at moderate to high levels. ... read all

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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