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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

Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update: weak emissions of steam and sometimes ash, crater glow

Wednesday Dec 05, 2012 02:42 AM | BY: T

Activity has not changed much during the past weeks, and remains at relatively low levels. During 3-4 Dec, 14 weak emissions were recorded, some of which contained a bit of ash. Glow remains visible from the crater at night, suggesting that magma still rises at slow rate within the conduit.
Previous news
Thursday, Nov 22, 2012
About 1 emission per hour was counted during 20-21 Nov and occasionally, incandescent ejecta could be seen thrown to the crater area during the more energetic explosions. [more]
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012
The volcano has calmed down a bit; during 18-19 Nov, only 1 weak explosion per hour has been observed. [more]
Monday, Nov 19, 2012
Activity has remained stable at relatively low levels. About 2 emissions per hour have been occurring, few of which contained small amounts of ash. Glow remains visible at night. [more]
Friday, Nov 16, 2012
The volcano has calmed down considerably to only about 2 emissions of steam and ash per hour (after having reached numbers of 150-200 per day during recent days). The decline might be in connection with the M6.0 Tlalchapa earthquake yesterday morning or simply be part of the fluctuations in activity the volcano has been undergoing over the past months. [more]
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on 14 Nov 2012 (NOAA)
Thursday, Nov 15, 2012
Activity remains elevated (compared to previous weeks) with frequent (141 during 13-14 Nov)emissions, mainly of steam , but some with small ash plumes and ejection of incandescent material onto the upper crater area. ... [more]

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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