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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: OCNL EMS

Sunday Nov 26, 2017 04:30 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 04:19 UTC, 26/11/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171126/0417Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/249

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL EMS

OBS VA DTG: 26/0357Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1857 W09844 - N1855 W09840
- N1849 W09845 - N1851 W09850 - N1857 W09844 MOV
SW 15KT SFC/FL250 N1842 W09902 - N1840 W09855 -
N1828 W09901 - N1833 W09909 - N1842 W09902 MOV SW
15KT SFC/FL250 N1815 W09957 - N1808 W09946 -
N1747 W09953 - N1757 W10007 - N1815 W09957 MOV SW
15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 26/1000Z SFC/FL250 N1902 W09838
- N1859 W09835 - N1759 W09943 - N1816 W09958 -
N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 26/1600Z SFC/FL250 N1902
W09835 - N1859 W09835 - N1754 W09941 - N1816
W09958 - N1902 W09835

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 26/2200Z SFC/FL250 N1902
W09837 - N1859 W09835 - N1745 W09941 - N1806
W09958 - N1902 W09837

RMK: IMAGERY SHOWS VA FROM 3 EMS. VA 100 NMI SW
OF THE SUMMIT SHOULD DISSIPATED SHORTLY. LATEST
EMS IS SMALL AND SHOULD DISSIPATE SOON. FORECAST
IS FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE EMS.
...SCHWARTZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20171126/1015Z

Previous news
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 24 Nov 2017
Friday, Nov 24, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Nov 24, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
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]

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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