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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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Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: FQT VA EMS to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Tuesday Jan 08, 2019 05:30 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 05:23 UTC, 08/01/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190108/0522Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/024

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: FQT VA EMS

OBS VA DTG:
08/0500Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1905 W09859 - N1903 W09837
- N1858
W09837 - N1857 W09901 - N1905 W09859 MOV
W 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
08/1100Z SFC/FL210 N1905 W09908
- N1904 W09837 - N1858 W09836 - N1857
W09911 -
N1905 W09908

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/1700Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/2300Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: DISCRETE VA EMS OBS IN
STLT MOV W FM SUMMIT
AT 15KTS BLW FL210. VA EXTDS APPROX 25NMI
BFR
BECOMG TOO DIFF TO DETECT. ...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED
BY 20190108/1115Z

Previous news
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  7 Jan 2019
Monday, Jan 07, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Jan 07, 2019
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 . ... [more]
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]

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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