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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: ERUPTION AT 1707Z.

Thursday Dec 13, 2018 18:00 PM |

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

FVXX24 at 17:48 UTC, 13/12/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181213/1747Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/568

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ERUPTION AT 1707Z.

OBS VA
DTG: 13/1737Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09813 - N1901 W09813
- N1901
W09817 - N1903 W09817 - N1904 W09813 MOV
W 25-30KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
13/2330Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0530Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1130Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: SML VA EM OBS AT 1707Z
IN WEBCAMS. VA OBSC
BY WX CLDS IN STLT IMAGERY. OBS BASED ON
WEBCAM
COUPLED WITH STLT OBS OF WX CLDS. CNFDC MEDIUM TO
HIGH. VA
LIKELY TO DISP BY T+6. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20181213/2345Z

Previous news
Glowing lava covering much of the slope of Popocatepetl volcano after this morning's explosion (image: Webcams de Mexico)
Saturday, Dec 08, 2018
The volcano continues to erupt, with intermittent small to sometimes larger vulcanian-type explosions. A particularly strong explosion occurred at the volcano this morning, at 23:23 local time during the night 7-8 Dec 2018. ... [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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