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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

Thursday Feb 07, 2013 10:58 AM | BY: T

SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
Gas emissions (SO2) remain high, while the rate of emissions has decreased again to less than 1 per hour.
Previous news
Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013
Not much is changing at the volcano except that the rate of emissions and the amount of degassing rises and falls on rhythms of few days or so. ... [more]
Small explosion at Popo yesterday morning
Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013
The frequency of emissions increased a bit again during 3-4 Feb with about 1 event per hour, and a strong SO2 plume today suggests a phase of increased degassing. ... [more]
Popocatépetl last night (CENAPRED webcam)
Monday, Feb 04, 2013
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. ... [more]
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]

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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