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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

Popocatepetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update

Fri, 9 Nov 2012, 06:47
06:47 AM | BY: T
SO2 plume from Popo on 8 Nov (NOOA)
SO2 plume from Popo on 8 Nov (NOOA)
In the last 24 h during 7-8 Nov, there were 62 emissions of low intensity, mostly of steam and gas. During the night glow was observed on the crater. A strong SO2 signal is visible on yesterday's NOOA satellite image.
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Thu, 8 Nov 2012, 07:17
The number of small explosions increased during 6-7 Nov to an average of just more than 2 per hour although their intensity is weaker than in the previous week and only very little ash is erupted. read all
Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 11:05
Glow from the crater of Popocatépetl this morning
During 5-6 Nov, only 18 low-intensity exhalations occurred with no or little ash content and producing plumes rising to a maximum of 1 km. During the night, glow can sometimes be seen from the crater. ... read all
Mon, 5 Nov 2012, 11:05
Ash explosion on 4 Nov (CENPARED)
During 3-4 Nov, there were 64 weak to moderate explosions mostly of steam. The more powerful ones occurred at 11:00h, 14:50h, 15:48h an 23:46 h on 3 Nov and at 01:57 h, 02:40h, 05:32h and at 08:35 h local time on 4 Nov, and generated small ash plumes. read all
Fri, 2 Nov 2012, 11:05
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on November 1, 2012 (NOAA)
In the last 24 h (October 30 to November 1) the monitoring system of Popocatepetl recorded 41 exhalations of low to moderate intensity, accompanied by emissions of steam, gas and probably minor amounts of ash. ... read all
Wed, 31 Oct 2012, 11:05
In the last 24 h during 29-30 Oct, there were 38 exhalations of low to moderate intensity, accompanied by emissions of steam, gas and occasionally minor amounts of ash. ... read all

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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