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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 EM OBSD

Sunday Jul 09, 2017 08:30 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 08:27 UTC, 09/07/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170709/0824Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/059

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. VOLCANO WEB
CAMERA.
SOCIAL MEDIA

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBSD

OBS VA DTG:
09/0745Z

OBS VA CLD: VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE FROM SATELLITE
DATA WINDS
SFC/FL230 045/5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/1400Z

FCST VA CLD +12HR:
09/2000Z

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/0200Z

RMK: VA EM NOT SEEN IN STLT DUE
TO MET CLDS.
AROUND 09/0630Z, OBS RPRTS VA EM AT FL230. MODEL
SUGGESTS
WINDS MOV SW AT 5 KTS NEAR THE TIME OF
THE ERUPTION ...KIM

NXT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170709/1430Z

Previous news
Friday, Jul 07, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  7 Jul 2017
Friday, Jul 07, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Jul 06, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Jul 05, 2017
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Tuesday, Jul 04, 2017
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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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