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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) 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.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS OBS to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Thu, 1 Oct 2020, 00:45
00:45 AM | 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 NW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 00:31 UTC, 01/10/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20201001/0028Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/853

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS OBS

OBS VA DTG: 01/0005Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1923 W09853 - N1902 W09837
- N1911 W09904 - N1923 W09853 MOV NW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 01/0600Z SFC/FL190 N1924 W09853
- N1902 W09836 - N1911 W09906 - N1924 W09853

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 01/1200Z NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 01/1800Z NO VA EXP

RMK: NEW VA EMS OBS MOV NW IN STLT IMAGERY. VA
FCST TO CONT MOV NW IN STLT IMAGERY THRU T+6HRS.
...FISHER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201001/0630Z

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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