Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
(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.
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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EM OBS IN STLT. to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Fri, 16 Oct 2020, 01:30
01:30 AM | 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 01:14 UTC, 16/10/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/907
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBS IN STLT.
OBS VA DTG: 16/0051Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09837 - N1900 W09836
- N1824 W09911 - N1837 W09924 - N1901 W09837 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/0700Z SFC/FL200 N1901 W09837
- N1900 W09835 - N1823 W09911 - N1837 W09924 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/1300Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09837 - N1900 W09835 - N1823 W09911 - N1837
W09924 - N1902 W09837
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/1900Z NO VA EXP
RMK: LGT REMNANT VA EM OBS IN STLT MOV SW OF
SUMMIT APRX 45 NM PRIOR TO DSIPTG. NEW VA EM OBS
IN STLT MOV 15 NM SW OF SUMMIT. ...LEVINE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201016/0715Z
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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