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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: EARLIER VA EM DISPG. to 32000 ft (9800 m)

Tuesday Jun 04, 2019 01:30 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 32000 ft (9800 m) altitude or flight level 320 and is moving at 5-10 kts in NE direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 01:25 UTC, 04/06/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190604/0122Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/394

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. HYSPLIT.
ASH3D. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: EARLIER VA EM DISPG.

OBS VA DTG: 04/0106Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL320 N2026 W09853 - N2020 W09838
- N2004 W09840 - N2007 W09901 - N2023 W09903 -
N2026 W09853 MOV NE 5-10KT SFC/FL370 N2029 W09926
- N2023 W09904 - N2006 W09902 - N2004 W09921 -
N2029 W09926 MOV NW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/0700Z SFC/FL320 NO ASH
EXPSFC/FL350 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/1300Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/1900Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: A THIN AREA OF VA FM EARLIER EM MEANDERING
ABT 75NM NNW OF SUMMIT. REGION OF VA SPLITTING
AND DISPG FAIRLY QUICKLY. OTHER VA FM EARLIER EM
HAS DISP. NO RECENT VA EMS DETECTED. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190604/0715Z

Previous news
Monday, Jun 03, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Jun 02, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, May 31, 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]
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 28 May 2019
Tuesday, May 28, 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]

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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