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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 VA EM APRX 2115Z

Monday Sep 24, 2018 22:30 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 22:19 UTC, 24/09/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20180924/2217Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/366

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM APRX 2115Z

OBS VA DTG: 24/2202Z

OBS
VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1905 W09852 - N1902 W09837
- N1859 W09837 - N1858
W09852 - N1905 W09852 MOV
W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 25/0400Z
SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 25/1000Z NO ASH EXPNO ASH
EXPNO
ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/1600Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: SMALL VA PUFF SEEN
ON STLT MOVG W OF SUMMIT.
WEBCAM SHOWS SUMMIT OBSCRD IN WX CLDS. VA
XCPTD
TO DSIPT BY T+6 HR. NWP MDL WINDS LGT FM E.
EARLIER VA PLUME HAS
DSIPTD. ...KONON

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180925/0415Z

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Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 21 Sep 2018
Friday, Sep 21, 2018
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Friday, Sep 21, 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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