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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
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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 (Central Mexico) activity update
Thursday Nov 06, 2014 14:18 PM | BY: T
Explosion at Popocatépetl ejecting incandescent material on the upper flanks on the evening of 4 Nov
Seismic signal corresponding to the train of explosions at Popo during the night 4-5 Nov evening
The volcano remains a little bit more agitated when compared to most of the past weeks. Strong glow at the summit indicates magma arriving in the inner crater to add to the new lava dome. Small occasional explosions and near-constant steam and gas emissions accompany this process.
CENAPRED commented on the elevated phase of activity that occurred during 4-5 November. A series of approx. 200 small explosions started on 20h local time on 4 Nov, producing a continuous plume of steam, gases and small amounts of ash of about 1 km in height, and the discontinuous emission of incandescent fragments onto the northern and eastern outer slopes to distances of 800 m from the crater rim.
This phase was visible on seismic recordings. It is likely to correspond to a phase of more intense lava dome growth. It is not thought to be a precursor of stronger activity in the near future and the alert status remains unchanged at "Yellow Phase 2".
Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014
The volcano's activity remains essentially unchanged. A new lava dome is slowly growing in the inner summit crater and produces glow at night and occasional small explosions. ...
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
Overall, the volcano's activity has remained unchanged. Occasional explosions produce ash plumes that rise 1-2 km above the volcano. Yesterday, the volcano was a bit more active and had 5 such eruptions. ...
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
Activity at the volcano has remained low, with small occasional steam, gas and sometimes ash emissions. Incandescence was observed over the crater during the night. ...
Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014
No significant changes have occurred during the past weeks. The volcano's activity has been characterized by constant degassing and occasional small explosions with ash plumes up to 1-2 km height. Crater glow is visible at night from the summit.
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
Activity remains essentially unchanged and has been relatively low. The volcano emits a gas-steam plume most of the time and occasionally has small explosions that eject small amounts of ash.
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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