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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: NEW VA EMS to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Sat, 20 Feb 2021, 04:30
04:30 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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 04:05 UTC, 20/02/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210220/0403Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/197

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 20/0336Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09826 - N1857 W09826
- N1900 W09837 - N1902 W09837 - N1904 W09826 MOV
E 10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 20/0930Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837
- N1856 W09825 - N1849 W09828 - N1900 W09838 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/1530Z NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/2130Z NO VA EXP

RMK: LGT VA PLUME DETECTED ON STLT MOVG E OF
SUMMIT. WEBCAM SHOWS VA EMS. NWP MDL WINDS FCST
TO TURN BECMG FM THE NW BY T+6 HR. ...KONON

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210220/1000Z

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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