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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: NEW LARGER VA EM ARND 24/0625Z.

Monday Sep 24, 2018 07:15 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 07:12 UTC, 24/09/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180924/0709Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/361

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW LARGER VA EM ARND
24/0625Z.

OBS VA DTG: 24/0645Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1910 W09910 -
N1909 W09902
- N1902 W09902 - N1903 W09910 - N1910 W09910 MOV
W 5-10KT
SFC/FL240 N1906 W09850 - N1902 W09837 -
N1900 W09837 - N1858 W09850 -
N1906 W09850 MOV W
10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/1300Z SFC/FL200 N1907
W09855
- N1902 W09837 - N1900 W09837 - N1859 W09856 -
N1907 W09855
SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/1900Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/0100Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: NEW VA EM SEEN IN WEB
CAM AND CONFIRMED IN
STLT IMAGERY. FURTHER VA EMS BEYOND T+6 HRS
MAY
BE EXPECTED BASED ON RECENT ACT. CURRENT
VOLCANO CAM IMAGERY CONT
TO SHOW VA ACT. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20180924/1315Z

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Sunday, Sep 23, 2018
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Sunday, Sep 23, 2018
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Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 21 Sep 2018
Friday, Sep 21, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Sep 21, 2018
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Thursday, Sep 20, 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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