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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: NEW VA EMS

Wednesday Jan 03, 2018 13:15 PM |

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

FVXX20 at 13:02 UTC, 03/01/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180103/1259Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/002

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. CIMSS
VOLCAT.
VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS

OBS VA DTG:
03/1215Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL180 N1859 W09832 - N1749 W09748
- N1737
W09822 - N1859 W09838 - N1859 W09832 MOV
SE 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
03/1830Z SFC/FL180 N1900 W09832
- N1749 W09743 - N1738 W09823 - N1859
W09837 -
N1900 W09832

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/0030Z SFC/FL180
N1900
W09831 - N1746 W09746 - N1738 W09822 - N1859
W09835 - N1900
W09831

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/0630Z SFC/FL N1900 W09838 -
N1859 W09828
- N1747 W09741 - N1735 W09823 -
N1900 W09838

RMK: WEBCAM AND STLT
IMAGERY SHOW ATTACHED
DIFFUSE PLUME OF WATER VAPOR AND GASES ALONG
WITH
SOME VA EXTENDING TO ABOUT 80 NM TO THE SE OF THE
SUMMIT.
...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180103/1900Z

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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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