Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatepetl volcano (Mexico): very strong explosion yesterday night

Fri, 29 Mar 2019, 13:40
13:40 PM | BY: T
Massive eruption of Popocatépetl yesterday evening (image: Webcams de Mexico / CENAPRED)
Massive eruption of Popocatépetl yesterday evening (image: Webcams de Mexico / CENAPRED)
The first frame we could capture from the webcam shows bombs falling from several kilometers height!
The first frame we could capture from the webcam shows bombs falling from several kilometers height!
During the past weeks, the activity of the volcano has been gradually increasing. Large explosions and significant ash emissions have become more common.
As a result, CENAPRED raised the alert status a notch to Yellow Phase 3 and warms people to approach the volcano. An above-average vulcanian-type explosions occurred yesterday evening at 19:48 local time (s. image / video), sending an ash column to 3 km height above the crater and a heavy rain of incandescent fragments to up to 2 km distance, covering much of the immense summit cone.
We will offer a Volcano Special tour to Popo from 15-20 April (during the best moonlight); if you're interested in joining a small team of VolcanoDiscovery, there are still 2 or 3 spaces available.
Video of the explosion (time-lapse):

Previous news

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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