Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
(4 out of 5)
Popocatépetl webcams / live data
| ReportsPopocatépetl volcano videosPopocatépetl volcano books | Tours
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.
Last earthquakes nearby
Popocatépetl volcano toursPopocatépetl Volcano Special
(tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)
Latest satellite imagesSentinel hub
| Landsat 8
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
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/851
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. NWP
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
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/2000Z SFC/FL210 N1904 W09908
- N1901 W09839 - N1859 W09838 - N1848 W09905 -
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
Thursday, Sep 24, 2020
Explosive eruption of the volcano continues at moderate levels. ... read all
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
More on VolcanoDiscovery
Photos from lava lakes in the world: Erta Ale, Nyiragongo, Hawaii, Vanuatu
Volcanic crisis at Sakurajima - updates
: A strong earthquake swarm and increased inflation were detected in August 2015 and triggered authorities to raise the alert level, as volcanologists think that a larger eruption could follow. News and updates on the events can be found on this page.
Volcanoes & Spices
: This 17-days adventurous expedition is one of our most exciting volcano tours! Visit Halmahera, North Sulawesi and the Sangihe Islands with some of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, including Dukono, Ibu, Lokon, Soputan and Karangetang.
Types of tours
: We offer a broad variety of tours to volcanic areas: volcano expeditions and specials, discovery tours with hiking, photography, nature and culture, pilot tours and private custom tours.