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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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Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Wednesday Apr 03, 2019 16:00 PM | 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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX23 at 15:56 UTC, 03/04/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190403/1554Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/309

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 03/1546Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1929 W09804 - N1925 W09754
- N1900 W09836 - N1903 W09839 - N1929 W09804 MOV
NE 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/2200Z SFC/FL210 N1926 W09758
- N1921 W09749 - N1859 W09836 - N1902 W09838 -
N1926 W09758

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/0400Z SFC/FL210 N1926
W09758 - N1922 W09750 - N1900 W09835 - N1901
W09838 - N1926 W09758

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/1000Z SFC/FL210 N1926
W09758 - N1922 W09750 - N1859 W09835 - N1902
W09838 - N1926 W09758

RMK: CONT VA PLUME OBS IN STLT MOVG NE FM SUMMIT
AT APPROX 20KT BLW FL210. VA EXTDS FOR 50 NMI BFR
BCEOMG TOO DIFF TO DETECT. ...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190403/2200Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 . ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  2 Apr 2019
Tuesday, Apr 02, 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 . ... [more]
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]

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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