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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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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) 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.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EM ARND 03/0045Z

Sat, 3 Mar 2018, 02:00
02:00 AM |
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX23 at 01:45 UTC, 03/03/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180303/0142Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/123

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM ARND 03/0045Z

OBS VA DTG: 03/0132Z

OBS
VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1910 W09838 - N1905 W09837
- N1904 W09841 - N1910
W09843 - N1910 W09838 MOV
NW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0730Z
SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/1330Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD
+18HR: 03/1930Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY MOV NNW
AND
CURRENTLY ARND 15 NM FR SUMMIT. VA EXPECTED TO
DISP BY +6 HRS.
FURTHER VA EMS MAY BE EXPECTED
BASED ON RECENT ACT. ...KIBLER

NXT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180303/0745Z

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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