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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: DISCRETE VA EM. to 23000 ft (7000 m)

Thu, 11 Feb 2021, 15:30
15:30 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 15:24 UTC, 11/02/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210211/1522Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/171

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: DISCRETE VA EM.

OBS VA DTG: 11/1516Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1919 W09826 - N1905 W09817
- N1901 W09838 - N1903 W09839 - N1919 W09826 MOV
NE 30KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/2130Z SFC/FL230 N1956 W09738
- N1931 W09716 - N1901 W09838 - N1903 W09839 -
N1956 W09738

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 12/0330Z SFC/FL230 N1941
W09744 - N1916 W09727 - N1901 W09838 - N1902
W09839 - N1941 W09744

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 12/0930Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA EM BEGAN ON WEBCAM AT 1429Z AND LASTED
20-25 MINUTES. VA OUT TO ABT 25 NMI NE OF SUMMIT.
VA LKLY TO GET OVR 50 NMI FM SUMMIT BFR DISPG.
NWP MDLS FCST LTLCG IN WINDS THRU T+12HRS.
...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210211/2115Z

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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