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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: ONGOING VA EMS

Tuesday Jul 31, 2018 09:00 AM |

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

FVXX22 at 08:58 UTC, 31/07/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180731/0856Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/290

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO.
NWP
MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 31/0830Z

OBS VA
CLD: VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE FROM SATELLITE
DATA WINDS SFC/FL220
045/5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 31/1430Z

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 31/2030Z

FCST
VA CLD +18HR: 01/0230Z

RMK: VA IS NOT OBS IN STLT IMAGERY DUE TO
WX
CLDS, ONLY HOT SPOT IS OBS. MWO RPRT INDICATES
VA MOV NW AT FL220.
NWP MODEL INDICATE A SW MOV
AT THIS FL. THUS MODEL MOV DOES NOT AGREE
WITH
OBS MOV. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180731/1500Z

Previous news
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 27 Jul 2018
Sunday, Jul 29, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Jul 26, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Jul 22, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Jul 20, 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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