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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: NEW VA OBSD to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Wednesday Sep 30, 2020 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 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 13:55 UTC, 30/09/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200930/1353Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/851

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. NWP
MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA OBSD

OBS VA DTG: 30/1346Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1859 W09840 - N1859 W09837
- N1825 W09858 - N1841 W09919 - N1859 W09840 MOV
SW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/2000Z SFC/FL210 N1904 W09908
- N1901 W09839 - N1859 W09838 - N1848 W09905 -
N1904 W09908

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 01/0200Z SFC/FL210 N1917
W09901 - N1902 W09837 - N1859 W09838 - N1902
W09908 - N1917 W09901

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 01/0800Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA EM SEEN ON STLT IMAGERY MOV SW FM SUMMIT.
VA HEIGHT AND FRCST BASED ON IMAGERY, VO RPRT AND
MODEL GUIDANCE. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200930/2000Z

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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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