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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 Feb 08, 2018 05:45 AM |

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

FVXX23 at 05:43 UTC, 08/02/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180208/0540Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/083

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM OBSD

OBS VA
DTG: 08/0530Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1921 W09833 - N1919 W09825
- N1901
W09835 - N1901 W09838 - N1921 W09833 MOV
N 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
08/1130Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/1730Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/2330Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: NEW VA EM SEEN IN STLT
IMAGERY MOV NNE AWAY
FM THE SUMMIT. VA HEIGHT AND MOVEMENT ARE BASED
ON
GOES 16 IMAGERY, ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20180208/1145Z

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Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018
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Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 30 Jan 2018
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
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Tuesday, Jan 30, 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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