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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
Saturday Jul 06, 2013 10:26 AM | BY: T
Infrared image (1) of the explosions at Popocatepétl yesterday (CENAPRED)
Infrared image (2) of the explosions at Popocatepétl yesterday (CENAPRED)
Current seismic recording from Popocatépetl
Another phase of near-continuous strong explosions has started a few hours ago after being calmer most of the past night.
Yesterday morning CENAPRED staff made an overflight over the volcano and took some infrared images which showed continuous emission of ash and incandescent fragments. The ash column reached just over 2 km height and incandescent bombs were observed at altitudes above 1 km and being deposited almost on all sides of the volcano at distances of up to 1.5 km.
Due to weather conditions the volcano can be observed only for small lapses.
Friday, Jul 05, 2013
After being a bit calmer during the first half of the day, compared to last night, a strong eruption occurred around 19:00 GMT (10:00 local time) and is probably continuing, judging from the seismic signal. ... [more]
Friday, Jul 05, 2013
The intensity of the current eruptive phase has been easing a bit during the night. Explosions and gas and ash emissions have become more intermittent, but still produce plumes reaching 3-4 km above the volcano. ... [more]
Thursday, Jul 04, 2013
A phase of strong eruptive activity has started last night and is continuing with frequent explosions that eject incandescent bombs onto the upper outer slope and create a plume of gas and ash rising 3-4 km above the volcano to flight level 250 (25,000 ft). ... [more]
Monday, Jul 01, 2013
Surface activity has been low with about 1-2 weak emissions of steam and gas per hour. ...
Thursday, Jun 27, 2013
Seismic activity has picked up, suggesting that the volcano could be headed for more vigorous activity soon. SO2 emissions on NOAA recent satellite data have been relatively high as well. ... [more]
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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