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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 FM ARND 06/2142. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Thursday Feb 07, 2019 04:00 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:

FVXX22 at 03:47 UTC, 07/02/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190207/0338Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/112

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. CIMSS VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM FM ARND 06/2142.

OBS VA DTG: 07/0315Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N2026 W09735 - N2014 W09738
- N2014 W09750 - N2025 W09752 - N2026 W09735 MOV
NE 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/0930Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 07/1530Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 07/2130Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: EARLIER VA EM DSIPTG QUICKLY AS IT MOVES NE
AND CURRENTLY 93 NM FM SUMMIT. NO FURTHER VA EM
SEEN IN WEB CAM OR STLT IMAGERY. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190207/0945Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Feb 06, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 . ... [more]
Monday, Feb 04, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 . ... [more]
Monday, Feb 04, 2019
Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes. ... [more]
Sunday, Feb 03, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Feb 03, 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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