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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: VA EMS OBS IN STLT IMAGERY to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Sun, 21 Feb 2021, 21:45
21:45 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 21:31 UTC, 21/02/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210221/2128Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/206

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS OBS IN STLT IMAGERY

OBS VA DTG: 21/2111Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1902 W09836 - N1850 W09817
- N1841 W09833 - N1859 W09838 - N1902 W09836 MOV
SE 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 22/0300Z SFC/FL210 N1902 W09835
- N1832 W09814 - N1828 W09841 - N1902 W09839 -
N1902 W09835

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 22/0900Z NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 22/1500Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA EMS OBS IN STLT AND SUMMIT WEB CAM MOVG
SE FM SUMMIT. VA HGT FM PREV VAA. VA DIR FM STLT.
NWP MDLS SHOWS SE-LY TO S-LY MOVMT TREND THRU
T+6. ...SAMBUCCI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210222/0330Z

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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