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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: ONGOING VA EMS. to 24000 ft (7300 m)

Sunday Jul 07, 2019 16:30 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 16:24 UTC, 07/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190707/1622Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/510

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 07/1611Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1928 W09935 - N1902 W09838
- N1856 W09835 - N1842 W09937 - N1928 W09935 MOV
W 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/2200Z SFC/FL240 N1923 W09913
- N1902 W09837 - N1855 W09837 - N1846 W09919 -
N1923 W09913

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/0400Z SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/1000Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: UPDATED TO REFLECT NEWER EMS AND SHIFT IN
PLUME DIRECTION. RECENT EMS APPEAR TO BE SLIGHTLY
HIGHER ALLOWING FOR A MORE W TRAVEL DIRECTION.
PLUMES DISPERSING ABOUT 50-60 NM DOWNWIND FROM
SUMMIT. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190707/2215Z

Previous news
Sunday, Jul 07, 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]
Sunday, Jul 07, 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]
Saturday, Jul 06, 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]
Saturday, Jul 06, 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 and is moving at 15-20 kts in W direction. ... [more]
Friday, Jul 05, 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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