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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°WCurrent status
(4 out of 5)Popocatépetl webcams / live data
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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-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 nearbyLatest satellite images
Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update
Tuesday Oct 22, 2013 10:05 AM | BY: T
Activity remains very weak. Only 5-10 emissions of steam and gas were recorded per day recently.
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
No significant changes in (the currently weak) activity occurred. CENAPRED only recorded 5 weak emissions during 19-20 Oct. [more]
Friday, Oct 18, 2013
Following a small increase in the frequency of small explosive emissions during the previous days, activity has now decreased again to averages of less than 1 emission per hour. At night, crater glow remains visible. [more]
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
No significant change in activity occurred, although a slightly increasing trend is visible in the past days. Emissions were at rates of 3 per hour on average yesterday. CENAPRED also recorded 10 explosions with ash plumes up to 1.5 km height. Some of them ejected incandescent material up to 300 m outside the crater on the northern slope. Alert status remains at Yellow Phase 2. [more]
Monday, Oct 14, 2013
The number of emissions (mainly steam puffs) has increased to about 3 per hour. A total of 8 small explosions, some of which ejected incandescent tephra outside the crater and produced small ash plumes were observed during the latest 24 hour report interval (CENAPRED). ...
Sunday, Oct 13, 2013
No changes have occurred. The volcano produces 1-2 generally weak emissions of steam and sometimes ash on average per hour. [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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