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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: EMS AT 18/1005Z

Thursday May 18, 2017 10:45 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 10:34 UTC, 18/05/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170518/1032Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/024

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO.
NAM
WINDS. CENAPRED.

ERUPTION DETAILS: EMS AT 18/1005Z

OBS VA DTG:
18/1015Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1913 W09839 - N1913 W09834
- N1901
W09835 - N1902 W09838 - N1913 W09839 MOV
N 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
18/1630Z SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/2230Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 19/0430Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE IS HIGH.
CENAPRED REPORTS VA
EMS TO 2 KM ABOVE SUMMIT. IMAGERY SHOWS EMS
MOVING
N AT 5-10 KTS.
BRIGHT HOTSPOT OBSERVED IN SHORTWAVE
IMAGERY.
...SCHWARTZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170518/1630Z

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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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