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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

Wednesday Dec 12, 2012 11:05 AM | BY: T

Activity has been decreasing. Only 34 weak emissions were reported during the 24 hours 10-11 Dec.
Previous news
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012
During 9-10 Dec, CENPARED recorded 64 emissions of low intensity, omly some of which produced small ash plumes. [more]
Sunday, Dec 09, 2012
In the last 24 h Popocatepetl volcano had 66 low-intensity exhalations accompanied by emissions of steam, gas and sometimes minor amounts of ash. On 8 Dec morning, there have been 3 exhalations with ash rising about 500 m above the crater. ... [more]
Wednesday, Dec 05, 2012
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. [more]
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]

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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