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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 OBS

Friday Nov 24, 2017 02:45 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 02:36 UTC, 24/11/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171124/0234Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/235

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA OBS

OBS
VA DTG: 24/0215Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL260 N1826 W09759 - N1750 W09731
-
N1628 W09900 - N1729 W09905 - N1826 W09759 MOV
S 20KT

FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 24/0830Z SFC/FL260 N1751 W09729
- N1523 W09536 - N1355 W09916 -
N1630 W09901 -
N1751 W09729

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/1430Z SFC/FL260
N1519
W09532 - N1349 W09058 - N1100 W09727 - N1354
W09914 - N1519
W09532

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/2030Z SFC/FL260 N1401
W08402 - N0929
W09058 - N1056 W09727 - N1349
W09055 - N1401 W08402

RMK: VA OBS MOV S
IN STLT IMAGERY. 18HR FORECAST
BASED OFF NWP MODELS. VA HAS SHOWN
SIGNS OF DISP
OVER THE PAST 6HRS. ...FISHER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE
ISSUED BY 20171124/0830Z

Previous news
Thursday, Nov 23, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Nov 20, 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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