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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°WCurrent status
(4 out of 5)Popocatépetl webcams / live data
| ReportsPopocatépetl volcano videosPopocatépetl volcano books | ToursPopocatépetl 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.Last earthquakes nearby
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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Sun, 30 Sep 2012, 10:05
Steaming Popocatépetl on 30 Sep
6 weak explosions occurred during the 24 hour interval 28-29 Sep, and a steam plume is rising about 1.5 km above the crater.
Sat, 29 Sep 2012, 06:52
Popocatépetl with crater glow this morning
During the past 24 hours, 10 weak explosions occurred. Glow is visible at night and a strong SO2 plume appears on satellite images.
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on 28 Sep 2012 (NOAA)
Fri, 28 Sep 2012, 09:32
5 weak explosions and tremor pulses were registered between 26-27 Sep by CENAPRED. Satellite data show a strong SO2 plume.
Thu, 27 Sep 2012, 09:09
Only 5 small exhalations were reported during 25-26 Sep.
Wed, 26 Sep 2012, 09:38
Steaming Popocatépetl early on 25 Sep
The number of weak explosions has picked up again with 26 events recorded between 24-25 Sep. Also, yesterday at 11:54 h, an earthquake with magnitude M 1.7 occurred. ...more
Tue, 25 Sep 2012, 10:05
View of Popocatépetl this morning
The frequency of explosions has drastically dropped to only about one every 3-4 hours, but lava glow above the crater and strong SO2 emissions indicate that lava continues slowly to rise at the volcano and build up the lava dome in the crater.
Sun, 23 Sep 2012, 12:05
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on 22 Sep 2012 (NOAA)
Over the past 24 h, only 5 weak explosions were detected from Popocatépetl. The volcano continues to emit a strong steam and SO2 plume, though, sign that activity continues.
Sat, 22 Sep 2012, 07:45
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on 21 Sep 2012 (NOAA)
Activity has not changed much during the past days. there are about 1-2 weak mostly steam explosions per hour, the larger of which produce small ash plumes. The volcano is emitting a strong steam and SO2 plume often visible on satellite. Night-time glow above the crater can be observed.
Thu, 20 Sep 2012, 10:05
During the last 24 h, CENAPRED detected 44 weak to moderate explosions, mostly steam and gas emissions, with occasionally small amounts of ash. The most important occurred yesterday at 11:25 h and 22:57 h (see picture), and this morning at 00:14 h. ...more
Wed, 19 Sep 2012, 10:05
Over the past 24 h, 46 weak steam and sometimes ash explosions were recorded, the larger ones at 12:24 h, 13:56h, and 20:44 h yesterday and 04:59 h local time today. Crater glow is visible at night.
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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.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information
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