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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 VA AND GAS EMS SEEN IN STLT. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Sun, 3 Jan 2021, 01:00
01:00 AM | 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 00:49 UTC, 03/01/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210103/0046Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/008

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA AND GAS EMS SEEN IN STLT.

OBS VA DTG: 03/0026Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1950 W09712 - N1940 W09707
- N1902 W09836 - N1907 W09839 - N1950 W09712 MOV
NE 25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0630Z SFC/FL190 N2018 W09705
- N2003 W09659 - N1902 W09835 - N1905 W09839 -
N2018 W09705

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/1230Z SFC/FL190 N2001
W09657 - N1943 W09653 - N1902 W09834 - N1907
W09839 - N2001 W09657

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1830Z SFC/FL190 N2003
W09656 - N1943 W09653 - N1902 W09834 - N1907
W09840 - N2003 W09656

RMK: VA AND GASES SEEN IN STLT AND WEBCAM MOV NE
AND EXTDG ARND 90 NM FM SUMMIT. MODEL GUIDANCE
INDICATES A CONT NE/ENE MOV THRU T+18 HRS.
MULTIPLE VOLCAT ALERTS RECEIVED. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210103/0645Z

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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