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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 OBSD

Thursday Jan 11, 2018 03:00 AM |

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

FVXX22 at 02:49 UTC, 11/01/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180111/0247Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/022

INFO SOURCE: NWP MODELS. CIMSS VOLCAT.
VOLCANO
WEB CAMERA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM OBSD

OBS VA DTG:
11/0230Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1911 W09823 - N1904 W09820
- N1900
W09835 - N1902 W09837 - N1911 W09823 MOV
E 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
11/0830Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/1430Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/2030Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: NEW VA EM OBSD IN STLT
IMAGERY MOV ENE AWAY
FM THE SUMMIT. MODEL SUGGESTS WINDS ARE AT 5
KTS
AROUND FL200. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180111/0845Z

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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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