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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: NEW VA EM. to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Sunday May 05, 2019 00:45 AM | 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 00:37 UTC, 05/05/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190505/0034Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL
341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/351

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. 557TH WW. MEXICO
CITY
MWO. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM.

OBS
VA DTG: 05/0026Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1915 W09819 - N1902 W09816
-
N1902 W09831 - N1911 W09831 - N1915 W09819 MOV
E 15KT

FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 05/0600Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/1200Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/1800Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: 557TH, MWO, VOLCAT AND
WEBCAM ALL ALERT TO
SMALL VA EM. EM MOV TO E OF SUMMIT AND LIKELY
TO
DISSIPATE WITHIN 6 HRS. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20190505/0630Z

Previous news
Dense ash plume rising on the morning of 16 April 2019 (image: Andrej Nikiforov / VolcanoDiscovery)
Saturday, Apr 20, 2019
When observed during 15-20 April 2019, the activity of the volcano has been relatively quiet. Dense, but passive ash emissions occurred on the morning of 16 April, generating a plume that rose about 2 km and drifted northwest. ... [more]
Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 16 Apr 2019
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Apr 16, 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]

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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