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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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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.

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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EM TO FL230 to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Thu, 4 Mar 2021, 08:45
08:45 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 and is moving at 10 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 08:30 UTC, 04/03/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210304/0829Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/249

INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM TO FL230

OBS VA DTG: 04/0821Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837 - N1901 W09836
- N1844 W09855 - N1852 W09901 - N1902 W09837 MOV
SW 15KT SFC/FL230 N1908 W09853 - N1902 W09837 -
N1859 W09837 - N1901 W09855 - N1908 W09853 MOV W
10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/1430Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837
- N1901 W09835 - N1831 W09859 - N1838 W09907 -
N1902 W09837 SFC/FL230 NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/2030Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09839 - N1901 W09836 - N1832 W09901 - N1840
W09910 - N1902 W09839

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/0230Z NO VA EXP

RMK: VA OBS MOV SW AT FL200 25 NM SW FM SUMMIT.
VA OBS MOV WNW AT FL230 16 NM FM SUMMIT. OBS VA
FLS ESTD FM NWP MDLS. WX CLDS INVOF SUMMIT OBSC
PORTION OF PLUMES. FL200 MVMT EXP TO PERSIST THRU
T+12 HRS. ...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210304/1430Z

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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