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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 EMS FIRST SEEN ARND 27/0920Z

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017 10:15 AM |

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

FVXX22 at 10:05 UTC, 27/09/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170927/1002Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/091

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS
FIRST SEEN ARND 27/0920Z

OBS VA DTG: 27/0952Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220
N1902 W09838 - N1901 W09837
- N1846 W09858 - N1900 W09904 - N1902
W09838 MOV
W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 27/1600Z SFC/FL220 N1902 W09837
-
N1901 W09837 - N1840 W09911 - N1859 W09920 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD
+12HR: 27/2200Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 28/0400Z NO
ASH EXP

RMK: VA SEEN IN VOLCANO CAM AND CONFIRMED IN STLT
IMAGERY MOV
IN WSW-W DIR. HEIGHT ESTIMATED AND FCST
BASED ON NWP MODELS WITH A
CONT W-WARD MOV THROUGH T+6
HRS....KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED
BY 20170927/1600Z

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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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