Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
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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: VA EM AT 0657Z. to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Wed, 9 Dec 2020, 08:00
08:00 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:
FVXX23 at 07:55 UTC, 09/12/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/1035
INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEBCAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM AT 0657Z.
OBS VA DTG: 09/0731Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1912 W09834 - N1909 W09829
- N1859 W09837 - N1901 W09838 - N1912 W09834 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/1330Z SFC/FL200 N1917 W09829
- N1905 W09819 - N1859 W09836 - N1900 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/1930Z SFC/FL200 N1910
W09817 - N1853 W09816 - N1859 W09837 - N1901
W09838 - N1910 W09817
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/0130Z NO VA EXP
RMK: VA EM OBSD IN WEBCAM AT 0657Z. VA OBSD ABT
10 NMI NNE OF SUMMIT IN G16 STLT IMAGERY. NWP
MDLS DO NOT AGREE WELL WITH OBS. FCSTS BASED ON
BLEND OF PERSISTENCE AND NWP MDL FCSTS WITH
MED-LOW CONFDC. ...HOSLEY
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20201209/1345Z
An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred after midnight on Wednesday 9 December 2020 at 12.03 am local time near La Linea, Baja California Sur, Mexico, as reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). ... read all
A very shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported late at night near Saint Petersburg, McPherson County, South Dakota, USA. ... read all
A moderately shallow magnitude 4.4 earthquake was reported early morning near La Ligua, Petorca Province, Region de Valparaiso, Chile. ... read all
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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