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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)
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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

Popocatepetl volcano (Mexico), activity update: strong eruption on 5 Jan

Monday Jan 07, 2008 14:30 PM |
Popocatepetl greeted the new year with one of its more powerful explosions. The ash plume from the eruption reached about 8 km height, which makes it one of the biggest during its recent period of activity started in 1994, which has been characterized by more or less frequent, isolated ash explosions of small to moderate size.
Previous news
Thursday, Dec 06, 2007
In the recent days, Popocatepetl has been more active than usual. On 1 December, a larger explosion occurred and produced ash plume that rose to an altitude of 7.4 km (24,300 ft) a.s.l. and drifted N and then NE. Ashfall was reported in areas downwind. Based satellite observations from the Washington VAAC, the ash plume rose to an altitude of 9.1 km (30,000 ft) a.s.l. ... read all
Thursday, Apr 05, 2007
Occasional ash eruptions continue at Popocatepetl volcano. On 1st of April, Popo produced an eruption plume that rose to an altitude of 7.6 km (25,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE. read all
Saturday, Dec 30, 2006
An eruption plume from Popocatépetl rose to an altitude of 7.9 km (26,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E on 20 December, 2006. read all
Saturday, Jul 29, 2006
Popocatepetl had a strong explosion on 25 July at 09h50 local time, producing an ash and gas plume of  5 km height above the crater. The eruption lasted 1 and a half minute and was accompanied by high-frequency tremor. It is believed that the explosion was caused by interaction of water from the recent heavy rains with the hot lava dome inside the crater. read all
Friday, Mar 03, 2006
During the past weeks, occasional and small steam-and-gas emissions continued at Popocatépetl. Airphotos taken on 10 February showed a 130-m-diameter lava dome at the bottom of the crater. ... read all

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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