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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: ONGOING VA EMS to 18500 ft (5600 m)

Fri, 16 Oct 2020, 13:00
13:00 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 12:45 UTC, 16/10/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20201016/1241Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/909

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 16/1221Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL185 N1902 W09836 - N1902 W09835
- N1843 W09907 - N1850 W09911 - N1902 W09836 MOV
SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/1830Z SFC/FL185 N1902 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1843 W09919 - N1853 W09922 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/0030Z SFC/FL185 N1902
W09835 - N1902 W09837 - N1846 W09914 - N1855
W09917 - N1902 W09835

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/0630Z SFC/FL185 N1905
W09920 - N1902 W09836 - N1901 W09837 - N1855
W09920 - N1905 W09920

RMK: NARROW VA PLUME DETECTED ON STLT AND WEBCAM
MOVG APROX 30 NM SW OF SUMMIT BEFORE DSITPNG. VA
IS BARELY ABV SUMMIT LVL AT VOLC LOC AND DROPS TO
ABT SUMMIT LVL [FL1780] AS IT MOV SW. MDL WINDS
FCST TO TURN MORE TO THE E THRU T+18 HR. ...KONON

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201016/1845Z

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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