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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) 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

Thu, 2 Jan 2014, 15:29
15:29 PM | BY: T
Degassing plume from Popocatépetl yesterday
Degassing plume from Popocatépetl yesterday
No significant activity has occurred over the past 2 weeks.
Degassing, infrequent small emissions of mostly steam (less than 10 per day, typically) and continued glow from the crater are being reported by CENAPRED who maintain alert level "Yellow Phase 2" unchanged.

Previous news

Mon, 9 Dec 2013, 15:26
Activity has remained unchanged. Almost no explosions have occurred recently, only a (significant) gas plume. ... read all
Fri, 6 Dec 2013, 15:49
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl yesterday (NOAA)
Strong degassing with high SO2 content and glow from the crater characterize the current activity. There have been almost no explosive emissions during the past 24 hrs, as the following 24hr time-lapse video illustrates: read all
Thu, 5 Dec 2013, 11:35
Small steam / gas emission from Popocatépetl yesterday
The rate of emissions has dropped to 2 over 24 hours yesterday. Only small steam and gas plumes were erupted. Weak summit glow can be observed at night. ... read all
Sat, 30 Nov 2013, 08:25
Degassing plume from Popocatépetl yesterday
CENAPRED reports no changes in activity. The number of explosive emissions of gas/steam and minor amounts of ash is very low (less than 10 per day). Weak glow remains visible at night and SO2 emissions elevated. read all
Tue, 26 Nov 2013, 17:47
Small ash emission from Popocatépetl this morning
No significant changes in activity have occurred. Only 8 weak emissions / explosions were recorded by CENAPRED during the latest 24 hr observation interval. The attached picture shows the largest of these events. ... read all

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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