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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

Thursday Sep 20, 2018 12:45 PM |

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

FVXX23 at 12:31 UTC, 20/09/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180920/1227Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/346

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. CIMSS
VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 20/1200Z

OBS VA
CLD: SFC/FL220 N1924 W09959 - N1908 W09841
- N1852 W09850 - N1840
W09957 - N1924 W09959 MOV
W 10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 20/1800Z SFC/FL220
N1924 W09957
- N1908 W09843 - N1850 W09838 - N1837 W10001 -
N1924
W09957

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 21/0000Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD
+18HR: 21/0600Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: CONS VA EM SEEN IN STLT DRIFTING W
AWAY FM
THE SUMMIT. VA HEIGHT AND MOVEMENT BASED ON GOES
E IMAGERY.
MODELS SUGGESTS CONS WESTWARD MOV
THRU T+6 HRS. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY:
WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180920/1830Z

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Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018
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Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
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Monday, Sep 17, 2018
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Sunday, Sep 16, 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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