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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) 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.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS EM to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Fri, 1 Jan 2021, 15:15
15:15 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 15:02 UTC, 01/01/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210101/1500Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/002

INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEBCAM. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS EM

OBS VA DTG: 01/1451Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N2037 W09710 - N2034 W09705
- N1902 W09837 - N1904 W09840 - N2037 W09710 MOV
NE 40KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 01/2100Z SFC/FL190 N2052 W09707
- N2047 W09700 - N1902 W09836 - N1903 W09841 -
N2052 W09707

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/0300Z SFC/FL190 N2059
W09659 - N2053 W09652 - N1901 W09837 - N1904
W09840 - N2059 W09659

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 02/0900Z SFC/FL190 N2049
W09633 - N2041 W09629 - N1900 W09835 - N1904
W09840 - N2049 W09633

RMK: CONS EM HAVE RESULTED IN A NRW VA PLUME THAT
EXT 125 NM TO THE NE OF THE SUMMIT. LTLCG EXP
THRU T+12. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210101/2100Z

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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