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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: OCNL EM

Thursday Feb 07, 2019 21:15 PM | BY: VN

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX22 at 21:07 UTC, 07/02/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190207/2106Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/117

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL EM

OBS VA DTG: 07/2047Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL210 N1923 W09850 - N1917 W09850
- N1916 W09857 - N1922 W09858 -
N1923 W09850 MOV
N 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 08/0300Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/0900Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/1500Z
NO ASH EXP

RMK: SML VA CLD CENTERED 23 NM NNW OF THE SUMMIT
AND DISP
RAPIDLY. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190208/0300Z

Previous news
Thursday, Feb 07, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Feb 07, 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]
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]

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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