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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: SML VA EM.

Thursday Nov 01, 2018 04:15 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 04:03 UTC, 01/11/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181101/0400Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/476

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: SML VA EM.

OBS VA DTG:
01/0342Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1912 W09831 - N1911 W09829
- N1910
W09831 - N1911 W09832 - N1912 W09831 MOV
NW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
01/0930Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 01/1530Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 01/2130Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: A VRY SML VA EM WAS OBS
BY STLT AT ARND
0245Z. DIFFICULT TO DISCERN ANY ACT IN WEB CAM.
VA FM
THIS EM LIKELY TO DISP QUICKLY. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE
ISSUED BY 20181101/1000Z

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Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018
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Saturday, Oct 13, 2018
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Friday, Oct 12, 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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