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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: TWO PSBL VA EMS SINCE 1047Z.

Sunday Jun 17, 2018 12:15 PM |

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

FVXX20 at 11:59 UTC, 17/06/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180617/1156Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/252

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: TWO PSBL VA EMS SINCE
1047Z.

OBS VA DTG: 17/1132Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1901 W09836 - N1854
W09833
- N1853 W09836 - N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09836 MOV
S 5-10KT

FCST
VA CLD +6HR: 17/1730Z SFC/FL230 N1901 W09837
- N1849 W09830 - N1847
W09834 - N1900 W09837 -
N1901 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/2330Z
SFC/FL230 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/0530Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM
OBS IN STLT IMAGERY AT 1047Z. ANOTHER
EM OBS IN WEB CAM AT 1122Z. VA
OBS MOV TO SSE.
MWP MDLS SUGGEST WINDS SLOW AND TURN SLIGHTLY
MORE SE
THRU T+6HR. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180617/1800Z

Previous news
Saturday, Jun 16, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Jun 15, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 11 Jun 2018
Monday, Jun 11, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Jun 02, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

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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