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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 EM OBSD

Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 08:00
08:00 AM |
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX23 at 07:48 UTC, 14/03/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180314/0746Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/147

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM OBSD

OBS VA
DTG: 14/0700Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1849 W09829 - N1849 W09821
- N1841
W09820 - N1841 W09829 - N1849 W09829 MOV
SE 10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
14/1300Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/1900Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 15/0100Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: DISCRETE VA SEEN MOV SE
APPROX 20 NM AWAY FM
THE SUMMIT. VA EXPCTD TO DISP WI 6 HRS.
...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180314/1345Z

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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