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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: NEW VA EMS to 18500 ft (5600 m)

Thu, 15 Oct 2020, 14:00
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 18500 ft (5600 m) altitude or flight level 185 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 13:56 UTC, 15/10/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20201015/1354Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/905

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 15/1341Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL185 N1903 W09838 - N1902 W09837
- N1845 W09858 - N1849 W09902 - N1903 W09838 MOV
SW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/1930Z SFC/FL185 N1902 W09837
- N1900 W09835 - N1844 W09858 - N1849 W09904 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/0130Z NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/0730Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA DETECED ON STLT MOVG SW OF SUMMIT. WEBCAM
SHOWS VA PLUME CLRLY NOT VRY FAR ABV SUMMIT LVL.
NWP MDL WINDS NO CHG THRU T+6 HR. ...KONON

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201015/2000Z

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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