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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: NEW VA EM MOVG WNW. to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Monday Jan 07, 2019 14:45 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 14:39 UTC, 07/01/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190107/1437Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/019

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO.
VOLCANO
WEB CAMERA. ASH3D.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM MOVG WNW.

OBS VA
DTG: 07/1417Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1907 W09845 - N1903 W09837
- N1900
W09837 - N1901 W09847 - N1907 W09845 MOV
W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
07/2030Z SFC/FL220 N1913 W09859
- N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1902
W09904 -
N1913 W09859

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/0230Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/0830Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM AT 1350Z OBS IN
WEBCAM. ONE PORTION OF
VA MOVG W-WSW AND THE OTHER IS MOVG WNW. VA
IS
8NM W AND WNW OF SUMMIT. VA FCST TO MOV WNW BFR
TURNING NW THEN
DISPG. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190107/2030Z

Previous news
Monday, Jan 07, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  5 Jan 2019
Saturday, Jan 05, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Jan 05, 2019
Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes. ... [more]
Saturday, Jan 05, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Jan 04, 2019
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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