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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 AT 08/2132Z

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017 22:15 PM |

Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  8 Aug 2017
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 8 Aug 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX21 at 22:00 UTC, 08/08/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170808/2158Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/070

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. EXPERIMENTAL GOES-16.
NWP
MODELS. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM AT 08/2132Z

OBS
VA DTG: 08/2145Z

OBS VA CLD: VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE FROM SATELLITE
DATA
WINDS SFC/FL190 045/10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/0400Z

FCST VA CLD
+12HR: 09/1000Z

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/1600Z

RMK: SMALL VA EM SEEN IN
WEBCAM AT 08/2132Z BUT
CANNOT BE SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY. MODELS
SUGGEST
MOV TO THE SW AT 10 KTS. ...WHISNANT

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE
ISSUED BY 20170809/0400Z

Previous news
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  1 Aug 2017
Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017
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Monday, Jul 31, 2017
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Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017
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Sunday, Jul 09, 2017
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Friday, Jul 07, 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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