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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 OBSD

Wednesday Jan 17, 2018 00:45 AM |

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

FVXX24 at 00:38 UTC, 17/01/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180117/0036Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/029

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA OBSD

OBS VA DTG: 17/0030Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1909 W09823 - N1904 W09821
- N1859 W09835 - N1902 W09836 - N1909 W09823 MOV
NE 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 17/0630Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/1230Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/1830Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: NEW VA EM DETECTED IN STLT IMAGERY MOV ENE
APPROX 15 NM AWAY FROM THE SUMMIT. WIND MODELS
AGREE ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180117/0630Z

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Tuesday, Jan 09, 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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