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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

Tue, 26 Feb 2013, 17:26
Weak ash emission at Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRED)
No significant changes in activity have occurred. The rate of steam-gas emissions has risen to almost 2 per hour, with some producing small puffs of ash. ...more
Fri, 22 Feb 2013, 18:11
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
CENAPRED reported 33 emissions during the past 24 hours, including a few that produced light ash plumes rising about 800 m. ...more
Thu, 21 Feb 2013, 16:00
CENAPRED reported 13 mostly small emissions during 19-20 Feb, but also some that were larger than most of the ones recorded during the past weeks. One on the evening of 19 Feb produced a plume with some ash content rising 1.5 km and drifting east. ...more [read all]
Wed, 20 Feb 2013, 16:35
Degassing plume from Popocatepétl today (CENAPRED webcam)
A phase of increased degassing has been taken place today. This is likely caused by a surge in fresh magma supply. ...more
Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 15:16
Degassing plume from Popo today
Activity has remained low, with less than 1 weak steam-gas explosion per hour. Weak incandescence remains visible at the summit crater.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013, 16:06
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
Strong gas emissions (SO2) and night-time glow indicate continuing magma supply. The number of emissions has decreased to less than 1 every 2 hours on average.
Tue, 12 Feb 2013, 09:16
Small explosion from Popocatépetl
A phase of near continuous steam / gas emissions took place yesterday, with some explosions ejecting ballistics onto the crater's outer flanks and producing plumes with some ash rising up to 1 km. Activity declined again in the evening.
Sun, 10 Feb 2013, 12:13
Glow from Popo this morning
The rate of gas/steam emissions remains low at about 1 event per hour and glow is visible at night. ...more
Thu, 7 Feb 2013, 10:58
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
Gas emissions (SO2) remain high, while the rate of emissions has decreased again to less than 1 per hour.
Wed, 6 Feb 2013, 14:10
Not much is changing at the volcano except that the rate of emissions and the amount of degassing rises and falls on rhythms of few days or so. ...more

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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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