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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 FROM ARND 30/0845Z ERUPTION. to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Saturday Mar 30, 2019 18:00 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 17:45 UTC, 30/03/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190330/1742Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/300

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: REMNANT VA FROM ARND 30/0845Z
ERUPTION.

OBS VA DTG: 30/1715Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1744 W09559 -
N1734 W09553
- N1705 W09633 - N1713 W09640 - N1744 W09559 MOV
SE
20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/2330Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD
+12HR: 31/0530Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 31/1130Z NO ASH EXP

RMK:
REMNANT VA FM EARLIER ERUPTION TO FL220 IS
CONTG TO DSIPT IN STLT
IMAGERY AND GETTING VERY
DIFFICULT TO SEE. VA TO FL280 HAS DSIPT IN
ALL
TYPES OF STLT IMAGERY UNDER CLEAR SKIES. NO NEW
VA ACT SEEN IN
STLT AND WEB CAM. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20190330/2345Z

Previous news
Saturday, Mar 30, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Mar 29, 2019
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 25-30 kts in E direction. ... [more]
Massive eruption of Popocatépetl yesterday evening (image: Webcams de Mexico / CENAPRED)
Friday, Mar 29, 2019
During the past weeks, the activity of the volcano has been gradually increasing. Large explosions and significant ash emissions have become more common. ... [more]
Friday, Mar 29, 2019
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. ... [more]
Friday, Mar 29, 2019
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 . ... [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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