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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 EM ARND 02/0737Z

Saturday Jun 02, 2018 08:15 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 08:11 UTC, 02/06/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180602/0809Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/240

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM ARND 02/0737Z

OBS VA DTG: 02/0802Z

OBS
VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1900 W09844 - N1856 W09841
- N1850 W09846 - N1855
W09850 - N1900 W09844 MOV
SW 25-30KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/1400Z
SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/2000Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD
+18HR: 03/0200Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: AN EM ARND 0737Z RESULTED IN A CLD OF
VA
CENTERED 14 NM SW OF THE SUMMIT. VA FCST TO DISP
WITHIN 6 HRS.
...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180602/1415Z

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Friday, Jun 01, 2018
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Monday, May 28, 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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