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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: CONS VA EMS. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Fri, 2 Oct 2020, 10:15
10:15 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 SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 09:59 UTC, 02/10/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20201002/0958Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/860

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 02/0931Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1855 W10032 - N1852 W10019
- N1842 W10020 - N1842 W10032 - N1855 W10032 MOV
W 10-15KT SFC/FL190 N1905 W09837 - N1857 W09837 -
N1847 W09908 - N1859 W09913 - N1905 W09837 MOV SW
10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/1530Z SFC/FL190 N1904 W09838
- N1859 W09838 - N1829 W09943 - N1850 W09953 -
N1904 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/2130Z SFC/FL190 N1905
W09837 - N1901 W09838 - N1831 W09944 - N1850
W09956 - N1905 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/0330Z SFC/FL190 N1905
W09838 - N1859 W09837 - N1823 W09938 - N1839
W09949 - N1905 W09838

RMK: RESIDUAL VA FM EARLIER EMS CONT TO MOV W
AND IS CURRENTLY 105 NM FM SUMMIT AND VERY FAINT
IN SAT IMAGERY. NEW VA EMS ARE MOV WSW AND EXTDG
ARND 40 NM FM SUMMIT AND BCMG FAINTER AT THE END.
MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A W/SW MOV THRU T+18 HRS.
...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201002/1600Z

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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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