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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
(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.
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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): elevated tremor
Tue, 12 Jan 2021, 08:22
08:22 AM | BY: MARTIN
Vulcanic explosion from Popocatépetl volcano on 7 January (image: CENAPRED)
Average daily value of volcanic tremor has reached approx. 1000 min since 29 Dec 2020 (image: CENAPRED)
0-3 vulcanian-type explosions per day at Popocatépetl volcano since the end of Dec 2020 (image: CENAPRED)
Over the past weeks, the activity of the volcano has remained essentially unchanged at moderate levels.
It is characterized by occasional vulcanian-type explosions (0-3 per day) and 27 passive emissions of steam, gases and small amounts of ash recorded yesterday. The plumes were dispersed towards the east-northeast direction.
At the end of December 2020, daily volcanic tremor
duration increased to approx. 1000 min / day
around which value it has been fluctuating during the past two weeks. The highest volcanic tremor during this period reached value 1410 minutes on 5 January as can be seen in attached diagram.
This event as well as near-constant emissions of gas and small amounts of ash suggest continued rise of fresh magma probably accumulating as a new lava dome in the inner summit crater.
Source: Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres volcano activity update 12 January 2021
A very shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported after midnight near La Esperanza (El Zapotal), Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Mexico. ... read all
An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred only 22 minutes ago 34 km southeast of Jurm, Afghanistan, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported. ... 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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