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: CONS VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 19:30
19:30 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 19:26 UTC, 22/10/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/930
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 22/1851Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1902 W09838 - N1901 W09837
- N1850 W09848 - N1856 W09852 - N1902 W09838 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 23/0100Z SFC/FL200 N1901 W09839
- N1900 W09838 - N1844 W09832 - N1844 W09843 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 23/0700Z SFC/FL200 N1901
W09840 - N1901 W09838 - N1842 W09826 - N1838
W09838 - N1901 W09840
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 23/1300Z NO VA EXP
RMK: CONS VA EMS OBSD IN WEBCAM FM SUNRISE TO ABT
1730Z WITH LKLY VA EMS CONTG. LGT VA EXTDS ABT 15
NMI SW OF SUMMIT ON VIS IMAGERY. NWP MDLS FCST VA
TO MOV S BY T+6 AND SSE BY T+12. ...HOSLEY
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201023/0100Z
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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