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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 DISP.

Friday Oct 06, 2017 20:00 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 19:53 UTC, 06/10/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171006/1951Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/106

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NON-OPERATIONAL
GOES-16.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA DISP.

OBS VA DTG: 06/1937Z

OBS VA CLD:
VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE FROM SATELLITE
DATA.

FCST VA CLD +6HR: NO VA
EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: NO VA EXP

RMK: VA
HAS DISP. NO ADDN RPRT OF EM. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: NO FURTHER
ADVISORIES

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Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  6 Oct 2017
Friday, Oct 06, 2017
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Thursday, Oct 05, 2017
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Sunday, Oct 01, 2017
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Thursday, Sep 28, 2017
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Wednesday, Sep 27, 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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