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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: ONGOING VA EMS to 26000 ft (7900 m)

Wednesday Mar 13, 2019 20:30 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 26000 ft (7900 m) altitude or flight level 260 and is moving at 15-20 kts in NE direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 20:20 UTC, 13/03/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190313/2018Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/234

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG:
13/2007Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL260 N1929 W09825 - N1833 W09822
- N1841
W09832 - N1856 W09841 - N1903 W09841 -
N1920 W09832 - N1929 W09825 MOV
NE 15-20KT
SFC/FL260 N2244 W09608 - N1934 W09625 - N1851
W09649 - N1843
W09733 - N1923 W09747 - N1949
W09736 - N2015 W09658 - N2235 W09625 -
N2244
W09608 MOV NE 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 14/0200Z SFC/FL260 N1919
W09822
- N1900 W09747 - N1823 W09722 - N1753 W09743 -
N1810 W09818 -
N1844 W09834 - N1856 W09842 -
N1904 W09840 - N1919 W09822 SFC/FL260
N2259
W09541 - N2230 W09525 - N2012 W09541 - N1832
W09556 - N1825
W09656 - N1916 W09717 - N2014
W09650 - N2228 W09623 - N2259 W09541


FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0800Z SFC/FL260 N1904
W09835 - N1826 W09708 -
N1744 W09646 - N1707
W09711 - N1725 W09811 - N1815 W09816 -
N1856
W09838 - N1904 W09835 SFC/FL260 N2121 W09539 -
N2102 W09523 -
N1852 W09523 - N1819 W09558 -
N1853 W09642 - N1944 W09640 - N2018
W09605 -
N2043 W09601 - N2121 W09539

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1400Z
SFC/FL260 NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA FM PREV ADV REMAINS VISIBLE IN
STLT
IMAGERY OVER BAY OF CAMPECHE FL260. NEW VA EM OBS
AT 13/2002Z MV
NE FL 260. NWP MODELS AGREE WITH
TRAJECTORIES. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY:
WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190314/0215Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 11 Mar 2019
Monday, Mar 11, 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, Mar 11, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 10 Mar 2019
Sunday, Mar 10, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Mar 10, 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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