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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 AT 1605Z MOVG SSW

Saturday Mar 02, 2019 16:45 PM | BY: VN

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

FVXX21 at 16:42 UTC, 02/03/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190302/1640Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/175

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


ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM AT 1605Z MOVG SSW

OBS VA DTG: 02/1627Z

OBS VA
CLD: SFC/FL190 N1903 W09839 - N1851 W09841
- N1855 W09843 - N1901
W09841 - N1903 W09839 MOV
S 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/2230Z
SFC/FL190 N1902 W09839
- N1902 W09838 - N1847 W09845 - N1849 W09848
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N1902 W09839

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/0430Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA
CLD +18HR: 03/1030Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM OBS ON WEBCAM AT 1605Z. G16
VIS STLT
IMAGERY SHOWS VA EXTDG 12 NM SSW OF THE SUMMIT.
NWP MDLS FCST
LTLCG IN WINDS THRU T+6. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20190302/2245Z

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Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 28 Feb 2019
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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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