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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 EM OBSD to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Tue, 23 Feb 2021, 13:15
13:15 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 and is moving at 10 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 13:03 UTC, 23/02/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210223/1300Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/209

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBSD

OBS VA DTG: 23/1241Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1914 W10007 - N1911 W10002
- N1838 W10029 - N1841 W10037 - N1914 W10007 MOV
W 10KT SFC/FL210 N1916 W09843 - N1910 W09840 -
N1859 W09856 - N1905 W09901 - N1916 W09843 MOV NW
10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 23/1830Z SFC/FL200 N1916 W09852
- N1902 W09837 - N1900 W09838 - N1905 W09901 -
N1916 W09852

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/0030Z SFC/FL200 N1911
W09848 - N1902 W09838 - N1901 W09837 - N1905
W09853 - N1911 W09848

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/0630Z NO VA EXP

RMK: REMNANT VA CLD AT FL200 LOCATED APPROX 90 NM
W FM SUMMIT. NEW VA EM AT FL210 MOV APPRX 20 NM
NW FM SUMMIT. LTLCG EXPCD THRU FRCST PERIOD.
...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210223/1900Z

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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