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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update

Thu, 3 Jul 2014, 15:42
15:42 PM | BY: T
Glow at Popocatépetl volcano at night (CENAPRED)
Glow at Popocatépetl volcano at night (CENAPRED)
SO2 plume over Popocatépetl (NOAA)
SO2 plume over Popocatépetl (NOAA)
No significant changes in activity have occurred over the past weeks. Following a very quiet period, the volcano has become a bit more active in the past days with an increased number of steam and gas emissions.
Glow is visible at the summit at night, indicating the presence of fresh magma. A significant SO2 plume was drifting from the volcano yesterday.
Previous news
Thu, 19 Jun 2014, 16:05
Explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday
A moderate explosion occurred yesterday morning at 11:10 local time and generated a 2.5 km high ash column drifting NW. Overall, the activity at the volcano has been low during the past weeks. The alert status remains at Yellow Phase 2 (CENAPRED). ... read all
Tue, 3 Jun 2014, 07:53
Steam and light ash emissions from Popocatépetl yesterday
The number of emissions of steam, gas and occasionally fine ash increased during 1-2 June. CENAPRED also recorded several episodes of weak harmonic tremor, consistent with continuing slow arrival of magma at the summit crater. read all
Thu, 29 May 2014, 10:00
Small ash emission at Popocatépetl yesterday
The number of steam-gas and sometimes ash emissions has increased a bit to approx 8 per hour. No other significant changes occurred at the volcano. ... read all
Tue, 27 May 2014, 15:45
Small ash explosion at Popocatépetl yesterday
No significant changes have occurred in the volcano's activity during the past weeks. Magma continues to rise, at fluctuating rates, slowly into the summit crater, producing weak intermittent explosions and glow at night. ... read all
Thu, 1 May 2014, 08:03
Small explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday
No significant changes in activity have occurred. CENAPRED reported 73 low-intensity exhalations during 29-30 April, some of which produced small puffs of ash. Glow at the crater remains visible at night. 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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