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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: EXHALATION AT 05/0730Z

Thursday Oct 05, 2017 09:00 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 08:45 UTC, 05/10/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171005/0843Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/101

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: EXHALATION AT 05/0730Z

OBS VA DTG: 05/0815Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1913 W09903 - N1909 W09853
- N1856 W09858 - N1900 W09908 - N1913 W09903 MOV
W 25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/1430Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/2030Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/0230Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: A SHORT EXHALATION SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY AT
0730Z. VA MOV TO W AND IS 22NM W OF THE SUMMIT AT
0815Z. EXPECT VA TO DISP WITHIN 6 HOURS.
...RUMINSKI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20171005/1445Z

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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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