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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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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 EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Mon, 4 Jan 2021, 00:15
00:15 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 and is moving at 15 kts in E direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 00:09 UTC, 04/01/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210104/0008Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/012

INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. MEXICO CITY MWO. WEBCAM.
NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 04/0001Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1920 W09727 - N1850 W09729
- N1846 W09815 - N1901 W09838 - N1905 W09836 -
N1920 W09727 MOV E 15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/0600Z SFC/FL200 N1919 W09711
- N1846 W09716 - N1859 W09837 - N1904 W09837 -
N1919 W09711

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/1200Z SFC/FL200 N1904
W09837 - N1901 W09714 - N1832 W09721 - N1900
W09838 - N1904 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/1800Z SFC/FL200 N1904
W09837 - N1856 W09714 - N1831 W09723 - N1859
W09838 - N1904 W09837

RMK: VA OBS IN VIS SAT IMAGERY EXT 65 NM E FM
SUMMIT. SMALL AREA OF VA MOV ESE FM SUMMIT LIKELY
AT OR BELOW SUMMIT LEVEL. OBS FL FM SIGMET. FL
MVMT EXP TO VEER TO SE THRU T+18 HRS. ...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210104/0615Z

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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