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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 EMS AT 19/1602Z

Monday Nov 19, 2018 16:45 PM |

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

FVXX23 at 16:35 UTC, 19/11/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181119/1632Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/505

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS AT
19/1602Z

OBS VA DTG: 19/1622Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1907 W09828 -
N1904 W09829
- N1904 W09834 - N1902 W09836 - N1902 W09837 -
N1905
W09836 - N1907 W09828 MOV NE 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 19/2230Z
SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/0430Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD
+18HR: 20/1030Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VOLCAT ALERT OF VA EM AND CONFIRMED BY
WEB
CAM AND STLT. VA MOV NE-LY AT NEARLY 20 KTS.
GUIDANCE HAS VA DISP
BY T+6 HRS. FURTHER VA MAY BE
EXP BASED ON RECENT ACT. ...KIBLER

NXT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20181119/2230Z

Previous news
Sunday, Nov 18, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Nov 16, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
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]

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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