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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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Popocatépetl volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: OCNL EM

Friday Nov 16, 2018 08:30 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 08:25 UTC, 16/11/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181116/0823Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/497

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL EM

OBS VA DTG: 16/0802Z

OBS
VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1918 W09608 - N1906 W09604
- N1852 W09837 - N1905
W09838 - N1905 W09838 -
N1905 W09838 - N1918 W09608 MOV E 20-25KT

FCST
VA CLD +6HR: 16/1400Z SFC/FL250 N1908 W09835
- N1852 W09544 - N1831
W09544 - N1857 W09838 -
N1908 W09835

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/2000Z
SFC/FL250 N1910
W09835 - N1856 W09544 - N1831 W09545 - N1858
W09838 -
N1910 W09835

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/0200Z SFC/FL250 NO ASH EXP

RMK:
SCATTERED VA EXT ALONG A LINE 145 NM E OF
THE SUMMIT. VA CLDS LOCATED
17 NM, 60 NM AND 145
NM EAST OF THE SUMMIT. FUTURE EM FCST TO
VEER
SOUTH OF DUE EAST OVR NXT 12 HRS. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE
ISSUED BY 20181116/1430Z

Previous news
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 15 Nov 2018
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Nov 12, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Nov 12, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

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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