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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 (Mexico) activity update: occasional small to moderate ash eruptions

Thu, 19 Sep 2013, 22:11
22:11 PM | BY: T
Explosion from Popo early on 19 Sep
Explosion from Popo early on 19 Sep
Activity has remained at generally low levels with no large fluctuations. During 18-19 Sep, the number of small to moderate emissions has risen to about 2 per hour. Some of these events produced ash plumes up to about 1 km height, but frequent cloud cover prevented observation most of the time.
The most significant were registered at 01:01 h, 05:53 h, 08:10 h and 10:16 h (19 Sep) local time (see webcam video below):
Previous news
Sat, 14 Sep 2013, 09:45
Eruption from Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRED)
A moderate explosion occurred yesterday at 07:03 (local time), producing an ash plume that rose about 2 km above the crater. The event was accompanied by small amplitude volcanic tremor, and a volcano-tectonic earthquakes of magnitude 2.6. read all
Tue, 10 Sep 2013, 13:34
Small eruption from Popo this morning
Activity has been going on with little changes. The volcano has had about 1-2 weak emissions of steam, gas and small amounts of ash per hour during the past 24 hours. ... read all
Fri, 6 Sep 2013, 11:39
Current webcam view of Popocatépetl
Activity continues at generally low levels. The rate of small emissions of steam and gas has risen to more than 5 per hour during yesterday, and a number of small volcanic-tectonic quakes and episodes of tremor were recorded. read all
Fri, 30 Aug 2013, 09:36
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl yesterday (NOAA)
Activity remains low with few (less than 1 per hour) weak emissions of steam and gas. Abundant SO2 output and glow at the summit indicate continuing lava extrusion. ... read all
Wed, 28 Aug 2013, 08:52
Activity has been low over the past days with little changes overall. The volcano continues to produce important degassing and has occasional small explosions. Glow at the summit can be seen when the weather is clear, indicating that lava continues to slowly extrude in the crater. ... read all


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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