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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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Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): increasing activity and ash eruptions

Sat, 28 Jan 2012, 00:01
00:01 AM | BY: T
Webcam image of Popo showing the glow at the summit crater (CENAPRED)
Webcam image of Popo showing the glow at the summit crater (CENAPRED)
Popocatépetl volcano's activity is increasing. On 25 Jan at 10:10 local time, an ash explosion produced a plume of 3 km height drifting NE. During the past days, strong degassing and steaming has been observed as well as periods of low-frequency tremor. At night (see webcam image), a constant glow can be seen from the summit crater, suggesting that the lava dome might have started a new phase of growth.
Authorities recommend a safety distance from the volcano of 12 km radius, and the alert level remains at "yellow".
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Previous news
Wed, 18 Jan 2012, 00:01
11-17 January steam-and-gas emissions rose from Popocatépetl volcano. The plumes contained small amounts of ash during 13-17 January. Crater incandescence was observed at night during 16-17 January. ... read all
Fri, 13 Jan 2012, 00:01
CENAPRED reported that during 4-10 January steam-and-gas emissions rose from Popocatépetl; the plumes contained small amounts of ash during 4-5 January and 8-10 January. On 5 January two explosions generated incandescence in the crater. ... read all
Thu, 10 Jun 2010, 09:20
On 8 June 2010, Popocatépetl volcano had one of its larger explosions during recent years: an ash plume was generated that rose to 8 km (27,600 feet) altitude a.s.l. ... read all
Fri, 21 Nov 2008, 22:27
Emissions of steam and gas from Popocatépetl were visible during 12-18 November. On 17 November an ash plume rose to an altitude of 6.1 km. A thermal anomaly was detected. Emissions contained slight amounts of ash on 18 November. ... read all
Thu, 23 Oct 2008, 16:11
CENAPRED reported emissions of steam and gas from Popocatépetl during ... 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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