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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: sporadic emissions of volcanic ash

Sunday Feb 03, 2019 06:00 AM | BY: VN

Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes.
The full report is as follows: INTMT VA EMS..

FVXX22 at 05:57 UTC, 03/02/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190203/0548Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/099

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.


ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 03/0517Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL220 N1903 W09817 - N1859 W09816
- N1859 W09819 - N1902 W09820 -
N1903 W09817 MOV
E 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/1130Z SFC/FL220 N1905
W09810
- N1858 W09810 - N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09837 -
N1905 W09810

FCST
VA CLD +12HR: 03/1730Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR:
03/2330Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA FM EM AT 0413Z STILL SEEN IN G16
RGB
COMPOSITE STLT IMAGERY 20 NM E OF SUMMIT. GIVEN
RECENT ACT, FURTHER
VA EMS PSBL. NWP MDLS FCST
LTLCG IN WINDS THRU T+6HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190203/1145Z

Previous news
Saturday, Feb 02, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Feb 02, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 . ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  1 Feb 2019
Friday, Feb 01, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 . ... [more]
Wednesday, Jan 30, 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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