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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

Friday Nov 23, 2018 09:00 AM |

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

FVXX23 at 08:54 UTC, 23/11/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181123/0853Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/516

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. 557TH WW. NWP
MODELS.
CIMSS VOLCAT. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM

OBS
VA DTG: 23/0745Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09837 - N1900 W09836
-
N1849 W09834 - N1849 W09842 - N1901 W09837 MOV
S 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 23/1400Z SFC/FL200 N1901 W09837
- N1859 W09835 - N1847 W09833 -
N1849 W09844 -
N1901 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 23/2000Z SFC/FL200 NO
ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/0200Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: LGT AND CONS VA EM
SEEN IN WEBCAM AND EXTND
SSW APRX 12 NM. SKY CLR OF MET CLDS IN VCY.
DIR
OF VA MVMT AGREES WITH MODELS. ...VELASCO

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE
ISSUED BY 20181123/1500Z

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Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018
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Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018
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Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Nov 19, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Nov 18, 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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