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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: OCNL EM

Friday Jan 19, 2018 00:00 AM |

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

FVXX24 at 23:48 UTC, 18/01/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180118/2346Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/037

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. CIMSS
VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL EM

OBS VA DTG: 18/2332Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL190 N1926 W09816 - N1910 W09820
- N1904 W09833 - N1903 W09838 -
N1912 W09826 -
N1925 W09821 - N1926 W09816 MOV NE 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 19/0530Z SFC/FL190 N1938 W09750
- N1929 W09741 - N1859 W09837 -
N1902 W09838 -
N1905 W09839 - N1938 W09750

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 19/1130Z
SFC/FL190 N1940
W09749 - N1928 W09740 - N1859 W09837 - N1904
W09838 -
N1940 W09749

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 19/1730Z SFC/FL190 N1941
W09749 -
N1927 W09738 - N1859 W09834 - N1905
W09838 - N1941 W09749

RMK: STLT
IMAGERY SHOWED A PLUME OF VA EXTD 24 NM
NE OF THE SUMMIT. LTLCG FCST
TO FUTURE EM. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180119/0545Z

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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