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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: VA EM

Monday Apr 15, 2019 16:45 PM | BY: VN

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX20 at 16:31 UTC, 15/04/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190415/1629Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/339

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. 557TH WW. WEB CAM.
NWP
MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 15/1610Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL220 N1904 W09836 - N1855 W09829
- N1853 W09838 - N1902 W09840 -
N1904 W09836 MOV
SE 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/2200Z SFC/FL220 N1904
W09834
- N1833 W09810 - N1828 W09823 - N1901 W09841 -
N1904 W09834

FCST
VA CLD +12HR: 16/0400Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR:
16/1000Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: CONS VA EM PRIMARILY MOV SSE AND EXTND APRX
10
NM FROM SUMMIT. LGT AND DIFFUSE VA FANNING E
AND DISP NEAR SUMMIT.
...VELASCO

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190415/2230Z

Previous news
Monday, Apr 15, 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]
Sunday, Apr 14, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Apr 14, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Apr 12, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 . ... [more]
Thursday, Apr 11, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 . ... [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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