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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 VA EMS

Sunday Jan 28, 2018 10:15 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 10:02 UTC, 28/01/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180128/1000Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/056

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: PSBL VA EMS

OBS VA DTG:
28/0947Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1914 W09834 - N1913 W09822
- N1859
W09835 - N1900 W09837 - N1914 W09834 MOV
NE 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
28/1600Z SFC/FL200 N1920 W09831
- N1914 W09818 - N1858 W09837 - N1900
W09838 -
N1920 W09831

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 28/2200Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 29/0400Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: PSBL VA IS SEEN IN STLT
IMAGERY MOV TO THE
NE AND EXTD ABT 15 NMI FM SUMMIT. MODELS
SUGGEST
FL200 BUT CONFIDENCE IS LOW IN HEIGHT. ...WHISNANT

NXT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180128/1600Z

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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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