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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: CONT VA EMS STARTED AT 2254Z. to 23000 ft (7000 m)

Tuesday Apr 02, 2019 23:45 PM | BY: VN

Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  2 Apr 2019
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 2 Apr 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX23 at 23:42 UTC, 02/04/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190402/2339Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/306

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ASH3D. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS STARTED AT 2254Z.

OBS VA DTG: 02/2321Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1906 W09825 - N1858 W09828
- N1857 W09837 - N1902 W09838 - N1906 W09825 MOV
E 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0530Z SFC/FL230 N1910 W09818
- N1903 W09816 - N1900 W09837 - N1901 W09837 -
N1910 W09818 SFC/FL230 N1952 W09640 - N1914
W09617 - N1902 W09725 - N1935 W09733 - N1952
W09640

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/1130Z SFC/FL230 N1919
W09816 - N1913 W09811 - N1900 W09835 - N1901
W09837 - N1919 W09816

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1730Z SFC/FL230 NO ASH EXP

RMK: DENSE CONT VA EMS ARE OBS IN WEBCAM AND ON
STLT EXTDG 17 NM E OF THE SUMMIT. ASH3D AND NWP
MDLS SUGGEST CONT MOV TO E OR ENE. IT IS PSBL FOR
VA EMS FM SUMMIT TO CONTINUE AND FOR CURRENT VA
TO LAST THRU T+6. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190403/0545Z

Previous news
Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Mar 30, 2019
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 . ... [more]
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]

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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