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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: POSS ONGOING VA EM to 28000 ft (8500 m)

Tuesday Jun 18, 2019 04:00 AM | 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 5-10 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 03:45 UTC, 18/06/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190618/0341Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/443

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: POSS ONGOING VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 18/0331Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL280 N1938 W09820 - N1934 W09752
- N1911 W09747 - N1844 W09823 - N1838 W09931 -
N1845 W09947 - N1901 W09947 - N1914 W09932 -
N1920 W09844 - N1938 W09820 MOV W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/0930Z SFC/FL280 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/1530Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/2130Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA FM PREV EM HAS MOSTLY DSIPTD. VA NOT
VISIBLE IN STLT DUE TO HVY WX CLD. OBS BASED ON
NWP MODEL GUIDANCE. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190618/0945Z

Previous news
Monday, Jun 17, 2019
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. ... [more]
Monday, Jun 17, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Jun 15, 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]
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]
Saturday, Jun 15, 2019
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 30-35 kts in NE direction. ... [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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