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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 ARND 08/1415Z.

Sunday Oct 08, 2017 16:00 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 15:46 UTC, 08/10/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171008/1544Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/111

INFO SOURCE: NON-OPERATIONAL GOES-16. RADIOSONDE.
NWP MODELS. VOLCAT

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM ARND 08/1415Z.

OBS VA DTG: 08/1512Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1916 W09814 - N1910 W09813
- N1909 W09817 - N1914 W09819 - N1916 W09814 MOV
NE 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 08/2100Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/0300Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/0900Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY MOV NE AT 10-15
KTS. VA EM CURRENTLY 22 NM NE OF SUMMIT
FURTHER EMS MAY BE EXPECTED BASED ON ACT OVER
LAST FEW DAYS ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20171008/2145Z

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Saturday, Oct 07, 2017
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Friday, Oct 06, 2017
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Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  6 Oct 2017
Friday, Oct 06, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Oct 05, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Oct 01, 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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