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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: REMNANT VA OBSD. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Tue, 22 Sep 2020, 18:15
18:15 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 17:59 UTC, 22/09/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200922/1756Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/837

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: REMNANT VA OBSD.

OBS VA DTG: 22/1721Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1841 W09847 - N1829 W09853
- N1824 W09905 - N1833 W09904 - N1841 W09847 MOV
S 10-15KT SFC/FL200 N1901 W09838 - N1900 W09837 -
N1852 W09840 - N1855 W09844 - N1901 W09838 MOV SW
10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 22/2330Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09838
- N1900 W09837 - N1844 W09844 - N1849 W09850 -
N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 23/0530Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1843 W09853 - N1854
W09851 - N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 23/1130Z NO VA EXP

RMK: REMNANT VA OBSD 40 NMI SSW OF SUMMIT. NO VA
EMS OBSD SINCE 1513Z. WX CLD CVR OBSCS SUMMIT IN
BOTH STLT AND WEBCAM. NWP MDLS FCST CONT SW MOVMT
THRU T+12HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200923/0000Z

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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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