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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 VA EMS. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Tuesday Sep 22, 2020 12:00 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 11:57 UTC, 22/09/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200922/1153Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/836

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 22/1131Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1902 W09838 - N1901 W09838
- N1850 W09859 - N1858 W09902 - N1902 W09838 MOV
W 10-15KT SFC/FL220 N1902 W09839 - N1901 W09837 -
N1841 W09855 - N1849 W09900 - N1902 W09839 MOV SW
10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 22/1730Z SFC/FL190 NO VA
EXP SFC/FL220 N1903 W09838 - N1901 W09837 - N1832
W09857 - N1847 W09910 - N1903 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 22/2330Z SFC/FL220 N1902
W09838 - N1901 W09836 - N1819 W09852 - N1837
W09916 - N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 23/0530Z SFC/FL220 N1903
W09838 - N1859 W09836 - N1823 W09900 - N1840
W09917 - N1903 W09838

RMK: WEBCAM SHOWS CONS VA EMS MOVG SW. STLT
IMAGERY CONFIRMS SW MOVMT WITH PORTION MOVG WSW.
FLS ESTD FM NWP MDLS, WHICH FCST VA MOVMT TO
BECOME SSW BY T+12HRS ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200922/1800Z

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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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