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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: OCNL VA EMS

Tuesday Dec 25, 2018 04:15 AM |

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

FVXX22 at 04:11 UTC, 25/12/18 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181225/0340Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2018/587

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL VA EMS

OBS VA DTG:
25/0332Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1937 W09826 - N1932 W09812
- N1859
W09836 - N1900 W09838 - N1937 W09826 MOV
NE 25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
25/0930Z SFC/FL250 N1946 W09828
- N1936 W09802 - N1859 W09836 - N1859
W09838 -
N1946 W09828

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 25/1530Z SFC/FL250
N2002
W09819 - N1944 W09744 - N1858 W09836 - N1900
W09838 - N2002
W09819

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/2130Z SFC/FL250 NO ASH EXP

RMK: LIGHT VA
EM OBS IN STLT MOV NE FM SUMMIT AT
FL250. NWP MODEL SUGGETS LTL CHG TO
FCST FO T+12
HRS. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20181225/0945Z

Previous news

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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