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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: REMNANT VA.

Friday Mar 08, 2019 21:00 PM | BY: VN

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

FVXX21 at 20:52 UTC, 08/03/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190308/2049Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/213

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. VOLCAT.


ERUPTION DETAILS: REMNANT VA.

OBS VA DTG: 08/2037Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL210 N1855 W09847 - N1830 W09841
- N1830 W09813 - N1817 W09826 -
N1822 W09847 -
N1855 W09847 MOV S 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/0230Z
SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/0830Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD
+18HR: 09/1430Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: REMNANT VA FROM AN EMISSION AT 1749Z
WAS
OBSD 45 NM S OF THE SUMMIT. THIS VA WILL LIKELY
DISP BY T+6.
...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190309/0245Z

Previous news
Friday, Mar 08, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Mar 08, 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  7 Mar 2019
Thursday, Mar 07, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Mar 07, 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]
Thursday, Mar 07, 2019
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 . ... [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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