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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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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMISSION OBSERVED

Wednesday Mar 08, 2017 15:15 PM |

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX23 at 15:03 UTC, 08/03/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170308/1501Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/010

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. GFS WINDS. VOLCANO
WEB
CAMERA. 557TH WW.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMISSION OBSERVED

OBS VA
DTG: 08/1415Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1916 W09832 - N1904 W09836
- N1904
W09837 - N1916 W09841 - N1916 W09832 MOV
N 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
08/2030Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/0230Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/0830Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH.
VA EMISSION OBSVD IN
STLT IMGRY TRAVELING NORTH AT 5 KTS. VA EXPCTD
TO
DSPT W/IN 6H. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170308/2100Z

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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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