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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
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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 21000 ft (6400 m)
Thu, 1 Oct 2020, 20:00
20:00 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 and is moving at 5-10 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX22 at 19:56 UTC, 01/10/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/857
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 01/1941Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1902 W09839 - N1902 W09837
- N1855 W09840 - N1858 W09844 - N1902 W09839 MOV
SW 5-10KT SFC/FL210 N1836 W09850 - N1826 W09847 -
N1815 W09858 - N1823 W09904 - N1836 W09850 MOV SW
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/0130Z SFC/FL210 N1902 W09840
- N1901 W09838 - N1848 W09831 - N1847 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/0730Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09838 - N1849 W09829 - N1847 W09840 - N1901
W09839 - N1902 W09838
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 02/1330Z NO VA EXP
RMK: VA EMS BEGAN ARND 1830Z AND ARE MOVG SSW.
ANOTHER SML AREA OF REMNANT VA OBSD 40-45 NMI SSW
OF SUMMIT IS DISPG QUICKLY. NWP MDLS FCST VA TO
BEGIN MOVG S-SSE BY T+6 HRS. ...HOSLEY
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201002/0200Z
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
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