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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 ARND 09/2305Z

Saturday Dec 09, 2017 23:45 PM |

Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  9 Dec 2017
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 9 Dec 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX20 at 23:37 UTC, 09/12/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20171209/2335Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/293

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO.
NWP
MODELS. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM ARND
09/2305Z

OBS VA DTG: 09/2315Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1907 W09835 -
N1902 W09829
- N1858 W09837 - N1901 W09839 - N1907 W09835 MOV
NE 25KT


FCST VA CLD +6HR: 10/0530Z SFC/FL250 N2033 W09656
- N2001 W09625 -
N1945 W09701 - N2008 W09720 -
N2033 W09656

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/1130Z
SFC/FL250 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/1730Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM
SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY MOV TO THE NE.
MWO RPRTS EM TO 2 KM ABOVE SUMMIT.
...WHISNANT

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20171210/0530Z

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Sunday, Dec 03, 2017
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Saturday, Dec 02, 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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