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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: CONT PUFFS

Friday Jul 06, 2018 06:30 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 06:26 UTC, 06/07/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180706/0624Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/259

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT PUFFS

OBS VA DTG: 06/0607Z

OBS VA
CLD: SFC/FL190 N1912 W09938 - N1910 W09929
- N1900 W09930 - N1902
W09940 - N1912 W09938 MOV
W 10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 06/1200Z SFC/FL190
NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/1800Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR:
07/0000Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: CONT PUFFS OF VA MOV W IN STLT IMAGERY.
NWP
GUIDANCE SUGGEST VA TO CONT MOV W. ...FISHER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE
ISSUED BY 20180706/1230Z

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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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