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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 EMS AT 1736Z to 28000 ft (8500 m)

Monday Jun 17, 2019 19:15 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 28000 ft (8500 m) altitude or flight level 280 and is moving at 10-15 kts in E direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 19:08 UTC, 17/06/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190617/1905Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/441

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. NWP
MODELS. ASH3D. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS AT 1736Z

OBS VA DTG: 17/1851Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL280 N1912 W09849 - N1902 W09837
- N1859 W09838 - N1902 W09853 - N1912 W09849 MOV
NW 5KT SFC/FL350 N1926 W09728 - N1908 W09715 -
N1904 W09745 - N1920 W09753 - N1926 W09728 MOV E
10-15KT SFC/FL420 N1921 W09831 - N1906 W09823 -
N1901 W09834 - N1904 W09838 - N1914 W09840 -
N1921 W09831 MOV NE 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/0100Z SFC/FL280 N1925 W09930
- N1925 W09914 - N1916 W09917 - N1919 W09930 -
N1925 W09930 SFC/FL350 NO ASH EXPSFC/FL420 N1950
W09734 - N1932 W09725 - N1928 W09740 - N1944
W09749 - N1950 W09734

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/0700Z SFC/FL280 NO ASH
EXPSFC/FL420 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/1300Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: NEW VA EM MOV WSW AND NW AT FL280 AND FL420.
FL IS BASED ON NWP MDL AND MEXICO CITY MWO
INFO.RESIDUE VA FM PREVIOUS EM IS SEEN W FM THE
SUMMIT. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190618/0100Z

Previous news
Popocatepétl's eruption yesterday morning seen from a plane (author unknown, via facebook.com/severeweatherEU)
Saturday, Jun 15, 2019
During the past days and weeks, the activity at the volcano seems to have picked up. Yesterday morning, at 10:40 local time, a comparably strong vulcanian-type explosion occurred that produced an ash column that rose approx. 5 km to 32,000 ft (9,8 km) and drifted SSW. ... [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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