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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: ERUPTION WITH PSBL VA EMS AT

Thursday Jul 26, 2018 06:30 AM |

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

FVXX23 at 06:16 UTC, 26/07/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180726/0613Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/280

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ERUPTION WITH PSBL VA
EMS AT
0500Z

OBS VA DTG: 26/0545Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1902 W09838 -
N1900 W09836
- N1854 W09846 - N1900 W09850 - N1902 W09838 MOV
SW 10KT


FCST VA CLD +6HR: 26/1200Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837
- N1901 W09835 -
N1855 W09847 - N1900 W09850 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 26/1800Z
SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 27/0000Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: PSBL
VA SEEN ON STLT MOVG SW OF SUMMIT.
WEBCAM IR SHOWED INITIAL SMALL
VERTICAL PLUME
WITH ERUPTION THEN CONS EMS FLATTENING OUT
DOWNWIND OF
SUMMIT. OCNL SMALL ERUPTIONS CONTG.
NWP MDL WINDS FM NE. ...KONON

NXT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180726/1215Z

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Sunday, Jul 22, 2018
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Saturday, Jul 21, 2018
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Friday, Jul 20, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Jul 06, 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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