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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: NEW VA EMS.

Mon, 5 Mar 2018, 13:30
13:30 PM |
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX21 at 13:26 UTC, 05/03/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180305/1323Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/130

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 05/1312Z

OBS VA
CLD: SFC/FL210 N1920 W09847 - N1902 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1900
W09856 - N1920 W09847 MOV
NW 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/1900Z SFC/FL210
N1917 W09846
- N1901 W09837 - N1859 W09838 - N1906 W09855 -
N1917
W09846

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/0100Z SFC/FL210 N1912
W09855 - N1901
W09836 - N1859 W09837 - N1858
W09856 - N1912 W09855

FCST VA CLD +18HR:
06/0700Z SFC/FL210 N1917
W09851 - N1901 W09836 - N1859 W09838 -
N1904
W09856 - N1917 W09851

RMK: SEVERAL SMALL PUFFS SEEN IN WEBCAM
OVER LAST
HALF HOUR. FIRST LIGHT ON VISIBLE STLT IMAGERY
CONFIRMS. VA
DRIFTING NW-W TO PERHAPS 17 NM FROM
SUMMIT. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL
BE ISSUED BY 20180305/1930Z

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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