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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 DETECTED

Sunday Nov 11, 2018 09:45 AM |

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

FVXX24 at 09:33 UTC, 11/11/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181111/0931Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/487

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM DETECTED

OBS VA DTG: 11/0917Z

OBS
VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1910 W09835 - N1910 W09832
- N1908 W09833 - N1908
W09835 - N1910 W09835 MOV
NE 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/1530Z
SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/2130Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD
+18HR: 12/0330Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: DISCRETE VA EM SEEN MOV NNE AWAY FM
SUMMIT.
VA EXPCTD TO DSIPT WI 6 HRS. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE
ISSUED BY 20181111/1530Z

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Thursday, Nov 01, 2018
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Wednesday, Oct 31, 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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