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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

Sunday Jan 27, 2013 17:09 PM | BY: T

Degassing from Popo seen on the currrent webcam image
Degassing from Popo seen on the currrent webcam image
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
Activity continued to increase. No less than 137 emissions, twice as many as during the previous day, were counted during 25-26 Jan. A large SO2 plume is drifting from the volcano.
Previous news
Popocatépetl this morning (CENAPRED webcam)
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013
The number of gas/steam/minor ash emissions has jumped from rates of less than 1 every 2 hours during most of the past days to about 3 per hour (65 between 24-25 Jan). CENAPRED describes them of low to medium intensity and has observed continuing incandescence at the summit. ... [more]
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
Activity is low with only 9 emissions during 24 hours, but weak glow remains visible at night. A few earthquakes of low magnitude were registered as well. [more]
Emission of steam and ash during the night 20-21 Jan
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
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. [more]
Explosion from Popo on 20 Jan morning (CENAPRED)
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. ... [more]
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. ... [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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