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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 20000 ft (6100 m)

Thu, 8 Oct 2020, 12:30
12:30 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 12:29 UTC, 08/10/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20201008/1227Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/891

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 08/1201Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1902 W09840 - N1901 W09838
- N1831 W09835 - N1829 W09841 - N1902 W09840 MOV
S 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 08/1800Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09839
- N1901 W09837 - N1829 W09843 - N1829 W09853 -
N1902 W09839

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/0000Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09838 - N1827 W09832 - N1825 W09840 - N1901
W09840 - N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/0600Z NO VA EXP

RMK: LGT CONS VA EMS OBSD IN WEBCAM AND ON STLT
IMAGERY BTWN 1020Z AND 1210Z. VA EXPCD TO DISP
OVR THE NEXT FEW HRS WITH FURTHER ACT PSBL. NWP
MDLS FCST VA TO MOV SSW BY T+6 AND THEN S BY
T+12HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201008/1830Z

Previous news

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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