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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: ONGOING HVY VA EMS to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Sat, 13 Feb 2021, 21:15
21:15 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 21:05 UTC, 13/02/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210213/2102Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/178

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING HVY VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 13/2046Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1921 W09731 - N1912 W09729
- N1901 W09837 - N1902 W09837 - N1921 W09731 MOV
E 40KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 14/0300Z SFC/FL190 N1913 W09703
- N1903 W09704 - N1901 W09837 - N1902 W09837 -
N1913 W09703 SFC/FL190 N1937 W09614 - N1934
W09559 - N1924 W09618 - N1916 W09644 - N1925
W09644 - N1937 W09614

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0900Z SFC/FL190 N1909
W09734 - N1902 W09734 - N1900 W09837 - N1902
W09837 - N1909 W09734

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1500Z NO VA EXP

RMK: UPDATED VAA AS VA MOVG FURTHER FM SUMMIT
THAN FCST. NARROW DENSE VA PLUME CLRLY VSBL ON
STLT NOW APROX 65 NM ENE OF SUMMIT. MMPB ARPT
RPRTS VA. SOME VA LIKELY TO REACH GOMEX CST IN
NXT FEW HR. ...KONON

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210214/0300Z

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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