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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: CONTG VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Tue, 5 Jan 2021, 09:45
09:45 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 5 kts in NE direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 09:41 UTC, 05/01/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210105/0940Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/018

INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONTG VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 05/0931Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1926 W09819 - N1920 W09811
- N1859 W09832 - N1902 W09838 - N1915 W09839 -
N1926 W09819 MOV NE 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/1530Z SFC/FL200 N1925 W09821
- N1906 W09810 - N1901 W09837 - N1902 W09838 -
N1925 W09821

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/2130Z SFC/FL200 N1917
W09810 - N1855 W09810 - N1901 W09838 - N1903
W09837 - N1917 W09810

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/0330Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA CLD OBS BELOW FL200 MOV SLOWLY N AND NE
UP TO 30 NM FM SUMMIT. LGT FL WINDS REDUCE
CONFIDENCE IN TRUE OBS DIR OF MVMT AND IN FCST.
FL MVMT EXP TO TURN TO E THRU T+12 HRS. ...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210105/1545Z

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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