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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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Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update
Tuesday Jan 22, 2013 11:05 AM | BY: T
Emission of steam and ash during the night 20-21 Jan
No significant changes in activity have occurred. 14 emissions were counted during 20-21 Jan, generating small plumes up to about 800 m height and sometimes small ash content. Glow remains visible at night.
Sunday, Jan 20, 2013
The number of emissions has decreased to 9 during 24 hours between 19-20 Jan, but the activity has not changed significantly otherwise. ...
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013
Activity has not changed significantly: there were about 2 steam and gas emissions per hour during 15 Jan, sometimes producing small quantities of ash. Glow from the summit remains visible at night. ...
Friday, Jan 11, 2013
During 9 to 10 January 2013, Popocatepetl had 19 low-intensity exhalations accompanied by the emission of a steady plume of steam and gases, and only very occasionally minor amounts of ash, which was carried by prevailing high winds eastwards. ...
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013
In the last 24 hours (7-8 Jan), CENAPRED recorded 16 low-intensity emissions of steam and gas and occasionally minor amounts of ash. Heavy cloud cover did not allow clear observations of the crater of the volcano during the largest emissions, but VAAC Washington sent out a brief alert for possible ash. ...
Sunday, Jan 06, 2013
The rate and size of steam-/gas, and sometimes small ash-emissions remains low (less than 1 per hour average), but glow at the summit and an impressive SO2 plume confirm that fresh magma continues to rise slowly within the volcano.
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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