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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 LGT VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Sun, 30 Aug 2020, 14:00
14:00 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX23 at 13:46 UTC, 30/08/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200830/1343Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/802

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS LGT VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 30/1326Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1914 W09838 - N1901 W09837
- N1900 W09837 - N1911 W09846 - N1914 W09838 MOV
N 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/1930Z SFC/FL200 N1916 W09842
- N1901 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1910 W09851 -
N1916 W09842

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 31/0130Z SFC/FL200 N1911
W09851 - N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1901
W09854 - N1911 W09851

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 31/0730Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA EMS OBSD ON BOTH WEBCAM AND STLT IMAGERY.
VA MOVG NNW. WX CLD CVR N OF SUMMIT OBSCS ACTUAL
EXTEND OF VA CLD. NWP MLDS FCST GRADUAL WSHFT TO
MOV VA NW BY T+6 AND WNW OR W BY T+12. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200830/1945Z

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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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