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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: LGT VA EMS

Tuesday Feb 13, 2018 14:00 PM |

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

FVXX24 at 13:58 UTC, 13/02/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180213/1356Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/090

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: LGT VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 13/1342Z

OBS VA
CLD: SFC/FL210 N1923 W09839 - N1921 W09826
- N1902 W09837 - N1923
W09839 MOV N 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/1930Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0130Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/0730Z
NO ASH EXP

RMK: LGT VA EMS SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY AND WEBCAM.
VA EXTD 20
NMI NNE FR THE SUMMIT. NWP MODEL
GUIDANCE SUGGESTS A N MOV BEFORE VA
DISP. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180213/2000Z

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Friday, Feb 02, 2018
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Thursday, Feb 01, 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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