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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

Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update

Sunday Aug 26, 2012 10:05 AM | BY: T

SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on 25 Aug 2012 (NOAA)
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on 25 Aug 2012 (NOAA)
Activity remains relatively low. About 1 weak steam explosion has been occurring per hour over the past day. Still, the volcano produces a large SO2 plume visible on yesterday's satellite image.
Previous news
Saturday, Aug 25, 2012
Activity has been low. Only one weak explosion per 2 hours on average were observed and there are no reports of ash emissions. [more]
Friday, Aug 24, 2012
The volcano remains at relatively low levels of activity. During 9 hours, only 7 weak explosions of mostly steam and gas were observed. A steam plume rises about 700 meters above the crater. [more]
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012
Small explosions occurred at an average rate of 2 per hour yesterday. CENAPRED recorded short pulses of weak volcanic tremor. [more]

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012
The level of activity is fluctuating. Between 19-20 Aug, the number of weak explosions has further decreased to only one every 3 hours on average, and increased again to about 1 every hour during 20 Aug. The largest occurred at 07:40 and 19:18 local time and probably produced small ash plumes. No ash fall has been reported. ... [more]

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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