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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 AT 1608Z

Saturday Nov 10, 2018 18:15 PM |

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

FVXX24 at 18:13 UTC, 10/11/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181110/1810Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/484

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM AT 1608Z

OBS VA
DTG: 10/1745Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1914 W09836 - N1914 W09832
- N1908
W09833 - N1909 W09837 - N1914 W09836 MOV
NE 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
11/0000Z SFC/FL220 N1913 W09829
- N1908 W09826 - N1900 W09837 - N1901
W09837 -
N1913 W09829

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/0600Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/1200Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA FM 4TH EM THIS
MORNING DISPG 15NM NNE OF
SUMMIT. ACT LEVEL THIS MORNING HAS BEEN
HIGH, SO
MORE VA EMS PSBL. NWP MDLS INDICATE LTLCG IN
WINDS.
...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20181111/0015Z

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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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