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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 AT 2328Z.

Friday Jul 20, 2018 01:15 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 01:00 UTC, 20/07/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180720/0057Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/267

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM AT 2328Z.

OBS VA
DTG: 20/0047Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1911 W09859 - N1909 W09854
- N1904
W09857 - N1907 W09901 - N1911 W09859 MOV
W 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
20/0700Z SFC/FL230 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/1300Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/1900Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM OBS IN WEB CAM AT
2328Z. DISSIPATING
DISCRETE VA EM OBS IN STLT IMAGERY 12 NM WNW
OF
SUMMIT. EXPECT VA EM TO FULLY DISP BY T+6HRS.
NWP MDLS SUGGEST
LTLCG IN WIND SPEED AND WIND DIR
THRU T+6HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY:
WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180720/0700Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Jul 06, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Jun 28, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Jun 17, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Jun 16, 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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