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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
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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 EM DETECTED to 22000 ft (6700 m)
Sun, 23 Aug 2020, 21:45
21:45 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 and is moving at 5-10 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX21 at 21:42 UTC, 23/08/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/797
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW EM DETECTED
OBS VA DTG: 23/2101Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1949 W09941 - N1928 W09901
- N1912 W09920 - N1919 W09946 - N1949 W09941 MOV
NW 5-10KT SFC/FL220 N1914 W09854 - N1903 W09835 -
N1901 W09838 - N1908 W09859 - N1914 W09854 MOV NW
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/0300Z SFC/FL220 N1934 W09857
- N1902 W09835 - N1859 W09838 - N1925 W09910 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/0900Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/1500Z NO VA EXP
RMK: NEW VA EM EXT 15 NM NW OF THE SUMMIT WHILE
REMNANT VA CLD CENTERED 50 NM NW OF SUMMIT CONT
SLOW MOV. REMNANT VA CLD FCST TO DISP WI 6 HRS
WITH NEW EM FCST TO VEER SLIGHTLY. ...TURK
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200824/0345Z
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.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information
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