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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: VA EMS

Tuesday Mar 13, 2018 14:30 PM |

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

FVXX23 at 14:24 UTC, 13/03/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180313/1422Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/145

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 13/1400Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1854 W09826 - N1847 W09817
- N1837 W09836 - N1842 W09841 - N1854 W09826 MOV
S 20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/2000Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0200Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/0800Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA IS SEEN MOV TO THE SSE AND QUICKLY DISP.
MODELS SUGGEST FL200 BASED ON SSE MOV. ...WHISNANT

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180313/2015Z

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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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