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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: ONGOING VA EMS

Monday Dec 24, 2018 10:45 AM |

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

FVXX22 at 10:31 UTC, 24/12/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181224/1029Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/584

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG:
24/1017Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1929 W09819 - N1917 W09808
- N1900
W09835 - N1902 W09837 - N1929 W09819 MOV
NE 15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
24/1630Z SFC/FL190 N1930 W09759
- N1910 W09753 - N1900 W09836 - N1901
W09837 -
N1930 W09759

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/2230Z SFC/FL190
N1929
W09744 - N1907 W09738 - N1900 W09837 - N1902
W09837 - N1929
W09744

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/0430Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EMS
OBS IN WEBCAM. VA NOT SEEN IN STLT
IMAGERY DUE TO WX CLD. NWP MODEL
FCST SUGGESTS
LTLCG FOR T+12 HRS. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED
BY 20181224/1630Z

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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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