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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 Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS EM OF GAS/STEAM AND SOME VA

Monday Jul 31, 2017 14:30 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 14:22 UTC, 31/07/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170731/1420Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/063

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO.
RADIOSONDE. NWP MODELS. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS EM OF GAS/STEAM AND SOME VA

OBS VA DTG: 31/1400Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1910 W09914 - N1904 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09915 - N1910 W09914 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 31/2000Z SFC/FL210 N1908 W09905
- N1904 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1900 W09905 -
N1908 W09905

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 01/0200Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 01/0800Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: PLUME SEEN EXTDG 30NM W OF SUMMIT. WEB CAM
SUGGESTS AND MEXICO CITY CONFIRMS THAT PLUME IS
MOSTLY GAS/STEAM WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF VA MOSTLY
NEAR THE SUMMIT. ...RUMINSKI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170731/2015Z

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Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017
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Sunday, Jul 09, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
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]

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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