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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: CONS VA EMS.

Tuesday Nov 20, 2018 06:00 AM |

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

FVXX23 at 05:57 UTC, 20/11/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181120/0554Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/508

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 20/0537Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1913 W09822 - N1908 W09821
- N1902 W09838 - N1904 W09840 - N1913 W09822 MOV
E 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 20/1130Z SFC/FL190 N1907 W09821
- N1858 W09822 - N1901 W09838 - N1903 W09839 -
N1907 W09821

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/1730Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/2330Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VRY LGT CONS VA EMS OBS IN BOTH WEBCAM AND
STLT. VA EXTDS 20NM ENE AND PSBLY FURTHER,
ALTHOUGH ANY VA VERY FAINT PAST 20NM. NWP MDLS
SUGGEST WINDS SHIFT TO OUT OF DUE W BY T+6HRS.
...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20181120/1200Z

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Monday, Nov 19, 2018
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Sunday, Nov 18, 2018
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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]

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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