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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 EMS OBSD. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Wed, 19 Aug 2020, 07:00
07:00 AM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 06:43 UTC, 19/08/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200819/0640Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/787

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS EMS OBSD.

OBS VA DTG: 19/0631Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1903 W09842 - N1902 W09837
- N1900 W09838 - N1900 W09843 - N1903 W09842 MOV
W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 19/1230Z SFC/FL210 N1901 W09838
- N1900 W09837 - N1855 W09840 - N1858 W09843 -
N1901 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 19/1830Z SFC/FL210 N1901
W09837 - N1900 W09831 - N1854 W09837 - N1859
W09837 - N1901 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/0030Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09838 - N1901 W09837 - N1855 W09835 - N1858
W09841 - N1902 W09838

RMK: CONS STEAM/GAS EMS OBSD IN WEBCAM WITH VA
EMS OBSD STARTING JUST BFR 0130Z. VA EXTDS ABT 6
NMI W OF SUMMIT. NWP MDLS FCST LGT AND VRBL WINDS
THRU T+18HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200819/1245Z

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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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