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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.

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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: DISCRETE VA EM. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Fri, 5 Feb 2021, 17:00
17:00 PM | 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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 16:56 UTC, 05/02/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210205/1652Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/147

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: DISCRETE VA EM.

OBS VA DTG: 05/1631Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1903 W09831 - N1858 W09835
- N1902 W09840 - N1902 W09839 - N1903 W09831 MOV
E 20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/2230Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09838
- N1855 W09805 - N1841 W09813 - N1901 W09840 -
N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/0430Z SFC/FL200 N1904
W09806 - N1850 W09808 - N1900 W09840 - N1902
W09839 - N1904 W09806

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/1030Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA EM OBSD BY WEBCAM AT 1612Z. VA OBSD 6 NMI
E OF SUMMIT. VA LKLY TO MOV FURTHER E BFR DISPG.
FURTHER ACT LKLY. NWP MDLS AND WEBCAM SUGGEST VA
TO FL200. NWP MDLS FCST VA TO MOV ESE BY T+6 THEN
TO MOV E BY T+12. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210205/2245Z

Previous news

Mon, 1 Feb 2021, 11:51
Vulcanic explosion from Popocatépetl volcano on 30 January (image: CENAPRED)
A significant change in activity has occurred since the last update (21 January 21) as we reported ongoing elevated tremor that started at the end of December 2020. ... read all

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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