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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: REMNANT VA.

Friday Aug 17, 2018 10:15 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 10:08 UTC, 17/08/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180817/1004Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/303

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: REMNANT VA.

OBS VA DTG: 17/0952Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1954 W10015 - N1953 W10002
- N1942 W10004 - N1944 W10016 - N1954 W10015 MOV
W 10-15KT SFC/FL200 N1907 W09925 - N1906 W09919 -
N1859 W09922 - N1900 W09928 - N1907 W09925 MOV W
10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 17/1600Z SFC/FL200 N1908 W09848 -
N1901 W09836 - N1900 W09838 - N1904 W09850 -
N1908 W09848

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/2200Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/0400Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: TWO AREAS OF REMNANT VA WERE OBS IN STLT FM
EARLIER VA EMS. THESE ARE EXPCD TO DISP BY
T+6HRS. A T+6HR FCST IS ISSUED BASED ON PSBL CONT
ACT GIVEN OBSD HOTSPOT IN STLT IMAGERY.
...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180817/1600Z

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Thursday, Aug 16, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Aug 11, 2018
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Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 27 Jul 2018
Sunday, Jul 29, 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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