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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°WCurrent status
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| 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-ongoingTypical 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
Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update
Wednesday Oct 24, 2012 08:11 AM | BY: T
The activity has decreased again. During 22-23 Oct, 39 small explosions, some with weak ash plumes, were recorded. Crater glow is still visible at night, and some small earthquakes continue under the volcano.
Monday, Oct 22, 2012
85 weak to moderate explosions were recorded in the past 24 hours. Only some of them were accompanied by fine ash emissions. ...
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012
In the last 24 hours (19-20 October), 129 explosions and 200 minutes of harmonic tremor in several segments were recorded. When the volcano was clear, most exhalations were accompanied by ash plumes that mostly spread westwards. Incandescence is seen at night in the crater of the volcano. ...
Thursday, Oct 18, 2012
During 17-18 Oct, there were 36 exhalations of low to medium strength with sometimes weak ash plumes rising up to 1 km. The larger events were at 12:46 h and 20:40 h on 17 Oct and at 10:31 h local time today.
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012
52 exhalations of low to moderate intensity occurred during 16-17 Oct. Some were producing small ash plumes up to 1 km high, and ejected glowing bombs visible at night. ...
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012
The number of explosions has been increasing. During 15-16 Oct, 71 were recorded by CENAPRED. Some of these produced ash plumes rising up to 1.5 km above the crater, notably at 18:05 h local time on 15 Oct, 04:39 h and 09:43 h on 16 Oct. ...
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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