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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 to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Friday Mar 29, 2019 11:00 AM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 and is moving at 15-20 kts in SE direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 10:57 UTC, 29/03/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190329/1055Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/294

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. HYSPLIT.
ASH3D. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: REMNANT VA

OBS VA DTG: 29/1042Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1823 W09617 - N1722 W09510
- N1642 W09453 - N1628 W09538 - N1722 W09622 -
N1737 W09701 - N1810 W09707 - N1823 W09617 MOV SE
15-20KT SFC/FL260 N1802 W09252 - N1640 W09336 -
N1619 W09410 - N1642 W09442 - N1708 W09401 -
N1801 W09341 - N1802 W09252 MOV SE 25-35KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 29/1630Z SFC/FL210 N1626 W09446
- N1538 W09345 - N1501 W09505 - N1608 W09547 -
N1626 W09446 SFC/FL260 N1720 W09214 - N1656
W09141 - N1600 W09210 - N1631 W09240 - N1720
W09214

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 29/2230Z SFC/FL260 N1615
W09046 - N1543 W09016 - N1452 W09044 - N1528
W09110 - N1615 W09046

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 30/0430Z SFC/FL260 NO ASH EXP

RMK: REMNANT VA OBS IN STLT IMAGERY AT FL210
APPROX 230 NMI SE FM SUMMIT MOVG AT 15-20KT, AND
AT FL260 APPROX 315 NMI ESE FM SUMMIT MOV AT
25-35KT. ...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190329/1700Z

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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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