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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: ERUPTION ARND 21/1600Z

Monday Aug 21, 2017 17:00 PM |

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

FVXX22 at 16:58 UTC, 21/08/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170821/1656Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/073

INFO SOURCE: NON-OPERATIONAL GOES-16. MEXICO CITY
MWO. NWP MODELS. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: ERUPTION ARND 21/1600Z

OBS VA DTG: 21/1630Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1909 W09848 - N1901 W09836
- N1859 W09837 - N1855 W09851 - N1903 W09852 -
N1909 W09848 MOV W 15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 21/2230Z SFC/FL250 N1902 W09905
- N1851 W09903 - N1847 W09916 - N1859 W09917 -
N1902 W09905

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 22/0430Z SFC/FL250 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 22/1030Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: DISCRETE VA EM OBS IN STLT MOVG W FM SUMMIT
AT 15KTS NEAR FL250. ASH EXTDS 18NMI FM SUMMIT
THRU 1630Z. VA FCSTD TO DISP BY T+12HRS.
...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170821/2300Z

Previous news
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  8 Aug 2017
Tuesday, Aug 08, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  1 Aug 2017
Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Jul 31, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Jul 09, 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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