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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: VA EM to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Wednesday Jan 09, 2019 17:15 PM | 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 and is moving at 15 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 17:11 UTC, 09/01/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190109/1709Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/032

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM

OBS VA DTG:
09/1642Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1900 W09906 - N1854 W09839
- N1849
W09841 - N1852 W09859 - N1858 W09908 -
N1900 W09906 MOV SW 15KT

FCST
VA CLD +6HR: 09/2230Z SFC/FL210 N1902 W09838
- N1859 W09836 - N1846
W09905 - N1858 W09913 -
N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/0430Z
SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/1030Z NO ASH EXP

RMK:
DISCRETE VA EM CONT MOV W AND SW. LGT VA
EXTND APRX 30 NM W AND 25 NM
SW. DISCRETE VA EM
EXPECTED TO CONT BASED ON RECENT ACT.
...VELASCO

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190109/2315Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Jan 09, 2019
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 . ... [more]
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2019
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 . ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  7 Jan 2019
Monday, Jan 07, 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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