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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

Fri, 30 Aug 2013, 09:36
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl yesterday (NOAA)
Activity remains low with few (less than 1 per hour) weak emissions of steam and gas. Abundant SO2 output and glow at the summit indicate continuing lava extrusion.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013, 08:52
Activity has been low over the past days with little changes overall. The volcano continues to produce important degassing and has occasional small explosions. Glow at the summit can be seen when the weather is clear, indicating that lava continues to slowly extrude in the crater.
Mon, 19 Aug 2013, 08:49
View of Popocatépetl this morning
Activity has not changed much and been relatively calm with 1-2 usually small emissions on average per hour. Glow remains visible at the summit. ...more
Wed, 14 Aug 2013, 15:04
Current seismic recording from Popocatépetl
At 19:02 h (local time) yesterday, an phase of strong ash emissions occurred accompanied by strong volcanic tremor. Due to cloud cover, the eruption was not observed directly, but fine ash fell in areas west of the volcano, including the towns of Ozumba and Tepetlixpa in the State of Mexico.
Tue, 13 Aug 2013, 14:50
Ash plume from an explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday morning
Activity has remained more or less at similar levels during the past days. During 11-12 August, CEAPRED reported 88 mostly weak emissions and a stronger explosion yesterday morning that produced an ash plume rising about 2.5 km above the crater.
Wed, 7 Aug 2013, 08:58
Ash eruption from Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRRED webcam)
Activity has been stable with little changes. The rate of emissions decreased yesterday to about 1-2 per hour, but some small to moderate explosions still occur from time to time, producing ash plumes up to about 1.5 km height.
Mon, 5 Aug 2013, 15:37
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl yesterday (NOAA)
A trend of slowly increasing activity has been apparent over the past days. For the 24 hour interval of 3-4 Aug, CENAPRED recorded 93 emissions, i.e. about 4 per hour, and seismic activity has been stronger recently as well. ...more [read all]
Sat, 3 Aug 2013, 09:42
Activity has been more or less stable at relatively low levels. During 1-2 Aug, the rate of emissions climbed to about 3 per hour, and some tremor episodes were recorded as well as at least one (non observed) explosion event. ...more
Sat, 27 Jul 2013, 10:05
Gas plume from Popocatépetl
The volcano has remained relatively calm with an average of 2 weak emissions per hour over the past 24 hours.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013, 23:19
Small explosion from Popocatepétl yesterday
The rate of small emissions of steam-gas and sometimes ash has risen to more than 3 per hour again, and CENAPRED recorded 150 minutes of low and high frequency tremor.

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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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