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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: NEW VA ERUPTION to 26000 ft (7900 m)

Friday Mar 29, 2019 03:15 AM | 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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 03:10 UTC, 29/03/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190329/0308Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/292

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. WEB
CAM.
HYSPLIT. ASH3D. VOLCAT. ABBA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA
ERUPTION

OBS VA DTG: 29/0257Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL260 N1905 W09801 -
N1859 W09753
- N1838 W09808 - N1845 W09832 - N1859 W09840 -
N1904
W09834 - N1904 W09834 - N1856 W09812 -
N1902 W09811 - N1905 W09801 MOV
SE 25-35KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 29/0900Z SFC/FL260 N1854 W09707
- N1846
W09629 - N1753 W09659 - N1816 W09726 -
N1854 W09707

FCST VA CLD +12HR:
29/1500Z SFC/FL260 N1803
W09543 - N1735 W09459 - N1633 W09543 -
N1716
W09618 - N1803 W09543

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 29/2100Z SFC/FL260
N1707
W09409 - N1651 W09313 - N1537 W09350 - N1551
W09447 - N1707
W09409

RMK: ERUPTION ARND 29/0200Z OBS IN STLT. VA CLD
MOVG SE FM
SUMMIT AT 25-35KT BLW FL260. LEADING
EDGE EXTDS FOR 35-40 NMI THRU
0245Z. ...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190329/0915Z

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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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