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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 ON VOLCANO CAM AT 11/1820Z

Saturday Nov 11, 2017 19:30 PM |

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

FVXX20 at 19:21 UTC, 11/11/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171111/1918Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/185

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA
EM ON VOLCANO CAM AT 11/1820Z

OBS VA DTG: 11/1907Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL270 N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09837
- N1855 W09840 - N1857 W09844 -
N1901 W09837 MOV
SW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 12/0100Z SFC/FL270 N1857
W09844
- N1855 W09840 - N1825 W09856 - N1831 W09908 -
N1857 W09844

FCST
VA CLD +12HR: 12/0700Z SFC/FL270 N1800
W09926 - N1753 W09915 - N1732
W09931 - N1739
W09940 - N1800 W09926

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 12/1300Z
SFC/FL270 NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EMS STARTED AT 11/1820Z AND CONT
THRU
PRESENT. PILOT RPRT RECEIVED BY MEXICO CITY MWO
INDICATES VA TO
NEAR FL270. STLT IMAGERY
SHOWS VA MOV SW-SSW. NWP MODEL GUIDANCE
SHOWS A CONT
SW MOV. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20171112/0115Z

Previous news

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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