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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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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

Monday Feb 04, 2013 07:56 AM | BY: T

Popocatépetl last night (CENAPRED webcam)
Popocatépetl last night (CENAPRED webcam)
Location of the 3.2 magnitude earthquake yesterday morning
Location of the 3.2 magnitude earthquake yesterday morning
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
The frequency of emissions decreased to only 1 per 2 hours during yesterday, but there is still glow at the summit and an important (but decreased compared to last week) gas (SO2) plume emitted.
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake occurred yesterday under the western flank.
Previous news
Popo this morning
Sunday, Feb 03, 2013
There are no changes in the mild activity of the volcano. There are about 2 weak emissions per hour and night-time glow is usually visible. Strong (SO2) degassing is visible again on satellite data. [more]
Glow from Popo this morning
Saturday, Feb 02, 2013
Activity has remained stable. Glow from the summit indicates slow supply of magma to the lava dome. The rate of emissions has climbed a bit to almost 2 per hour average according to the latest CENAPRED report last night. [more]
Popocatépetl last night (CENAPRED webcam)
Thursday, Jan 31, 2013
Glow remains brightly visible at night. The rate of weak steam/gas/ash emissions was about 1 per hour since yesterday. [more]
Thursday, Jan 31, 2013
The rate of emission has been about 1 per hour during 29-30 Jan. [more]
Glw at the summit of Popo this morning
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
After a short, intense peak 3 days ago, the rate of emissions has fallen to 8 during 27-28 Jan (1 every 3 hours). However, gas (SO2) emission remains strong and glow at the summit indicates continuing slow magma supply. [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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