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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 ERUPTION SEEN IN WEB CAM

Monday Oct 30, 2017 00:15 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 00:11 UTC, 30/10/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171030/0008Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/146

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA ERUPTION SEEN
IN WEB CAM
ARND 29/2235Z

OBS VA DTG: 29/2347Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220
N1906 W09824 - N1856 W09824
- N1900 W09836 - N1902 W09836 - N1906
W09824 MOV
E 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/0600Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 30/1200Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 30/1800Z
NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA FIRST SEEN IN VOLCANO CAM AND CONFIRMED
IN STLT
IMAGERY AT 29/2347Z. VOLCANO STILL
PRODUCING GASES AND STEAM SEEN
IN STLT IMAGERY.
MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS E-WARD MOV BEYOND T+18
HOURS
FOR ANY NEW VA EM. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20171030/0615Z

Previous news
Sunday, Oct 29, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Oct 26, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 24 Oct 2017
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Oct 22, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Oct 21, 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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