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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 EM AT 07/0245Z

Sunday Jan 07, 2018 04:15 AM |

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

FVXX22 at 04:06 UTC, 07/01/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180107/0403Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/010

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA
EM AT 07/0245Z

OBS VA DTG: 07/0347Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL280 N1902 W09835
- N1851 W09816
- N1843 W09825 - N1900 W09836 - N1902 W09835 MOV
SE
15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/1000Z SFC/FL280 N1803 W09711
- N1755
W09649 - N1737 W09709 - N1753 W09723 -
N1803 W09711

FCST VA CLD +12HR:
07/1600Z SFC/FL280 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 07/2200Z NO ASH
EXP

RMK: NEW LARGE ERUPTION SEEN IN WEBCAM AND
MULTIPLE STLT IMAGERY
MODES AND CONFIRMED WITH
MWO. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20180107/1000Z

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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