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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: PSBL LGT VA EM

Tuesday Jan 16, 2018 04:00 AM |

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

FVXX24 at 03:56 UTC, 16/01/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180116/0353Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/027

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: PSBL LGT VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 16/0345Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1917 W09830 - N1913 W09820
- N1858 W09835 - N1901 W09839 - N1917 W09830 MOV
NE 15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/1000Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/1600Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/2200Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: PSBL LGT VA EM IS SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY MOV
TO THE NE AND EXTD ABT 15 NMI FM SUMMIT. MODELS
SUGGEST FL220 BASED ON NE MOV. ...WHISNANT

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180116/1000Z

Previous news
Monday, Jan 15, 2018
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Thursday, Jan 11, 2018
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Tuesday, Jan 09, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Jan 09, 2018
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Monday, Jan 08, 2018
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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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