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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: POSS VA

Wednesday Apr 11, 2018 10:30 AM |

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

FVXX23 at 10:23 UTC, 11/04/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180411/1020Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/171

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: POSS VA

OBS VA DTG: /Z

OBS VA CLD: VA NOT
IDENTIFIABLE FROM SATELLITE
DATA WINDS SFC/FL200 270/5KT

FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 11/1600Z

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/2200Z

FCST VA CLD +18HR:
12/0400Z

RMK: POSS VA EMS OBS IN WEB CAMERA. NWP GUIDANCE
SUGGEST
WINDS OUT OF THE W AT FL200 ...FISHER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20180411/1615Z

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Tuesday, Mar 20, 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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