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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: PSBL VA EMS

Friday Nov 10, 2017 05:30 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 05:28 UTC, 10/11/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171110/0527Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/176

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: PSBL VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 10/0512Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09844 - N1858 W09841
- N1846 W09850 - N1850 W09900 - N1901 W09844 MOV
SW 10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 10/1100Z SFC/FL200 N1904 W09836
- N1859 W09834 - N1841 W09852 - N1851 W09902 -
N1904 W09836

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/1700Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/2300Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: PSBL VA EMS SEEN MOV SW IN STLT IMAGERY.
MODELS CONTINUE MOV TO THE SW AT T+6. ...WHISNANT

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20171110/1130Z

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Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017
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Monday, Nov 06, 2017
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Sunday, Nov 05, 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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