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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: VA ERUPTION AT 07/0005Z to 24000 ft (7300 m)

Thursday Mar 07, 2019 01:00 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 00:46 UTC, 07/03/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190307/0043Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/202

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP
MODELS.
HYSPLIT. ASH3D. CENAPRED. MEXICO CITY MWO

ERUPTION DETAILS:
VA ERUPTION AT 07/0005Z

OBS VA DTG: 07/0027Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240
N1905 W09838 - N1859 W09830
- N1853 W09837 - N1902 W09841 - N1905
W09838 MOV
SE 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/0630Z SFC/FL240 N1833
W09816
- N1825 W09810 - N1819 W09826 - N1828 W09828 -
N1833 W09816

FCST
VA CLD +12HR: 07/1230Z SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR:
07/1830Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: NEW VA ERUPTION SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY
MOV
SLOWLY SE TO SSE. MODEL GUIDANCE INDICATES A
SLOW MOV CONT TWD THE
SSE THRU T+6 HRS.
CENAPRED RPRTS VA 2 KM ABOVE SUMMIT WHICH
MATCHES
WELL WITH MODEL GUIDANCE AND SOUNDING. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY:
WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190307/0645Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  6 Mar 2019
Wednesday, Mar 06, 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]
Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Mar 05, 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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