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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: VA EM ARND 10/1200Z AND EARLIER

Wednesday Oct 10, 2018 13:45 PM |

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

FVXX20 at 13:30 UTC, 10/10/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181010/1326Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/448

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM ARND 10/1200Z AND
EARLIER
VA EM AT 10/0707Z

OBS VA DTG: 10/1300Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210
N1907 W09822 - N1858 W09822
- N1900 W09834 - N1902 W09834 - N1907
W09822 MOV
E 5-10KT SFC/FL240 N1924 W09735 - N1915 W09734 -
N1915
W09750 - N1922 W09751 - N1924 W09735 MOV E
10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
10/1900Z SFC/FL210 N1907 W09820
- N1858 W09820 - N1901 W09837 - N1902
W09837 -
N1907 W09820 SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/0100Z
SFC/FL210 N1902
W09836 - N1901 W09818 - N1850 W09819 - N1859
W09836 -
N1902 W09836

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/0700Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA
EM FM 0707Z IS CURRENTLY 45 NMI ENE OF
VOLCANO AND GETTING MORE
DIFFICULT TO SEE IN STLT.
NEW VA EMS ARE SEEN MOVG MORE E FM SUMMIT.
NWP
MODEL GUIDANCE CONFIRMS MOV IN STLT
IMAGERY AND IN LATER FCST
PERIOD. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20181010/1930Z

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Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018
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Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  7 Oct 2018
Sunday, Oct 07, 2018
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Sunday, Oct 07, 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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