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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: ONGOING VA EMS to 24000 ft (7300 m)

Monday Jul 08, 2019 12:15 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 and is moving at 5 kts in N direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 12:00 UTC, 08/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190708/1159Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/517

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 08/1151Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1949 W09833 - N1935 W09823
- N1916 W09815 - N1857 W09830 - N1857 W09838 -
N1906 W09849 - N1907 W09913 - N1915 W09920 -
N1923 W09853 - N1943 W09846 - N1949 W09833 MOV N
5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 08/1800Z SFC/FL240 N1958 W09841
- N1947 W09812 - N1925 W09805 - N1856 W09831 -
N1858 W09840 - N1906 W09902 - N1907 W09929 -
N1922 W09938 - N1932 W09858 - N1958 W09841

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/0000Z SFC/FL240 N2007
W09833 - N1958 W09800 - N1919 W09753 - N1858
W09832 - N1858 W09839 - N1919 W09923 - N1931
W09940 - N1946 W09857 - N2007 W09833

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/0600Z SFC/FL240 N2015
W09820 - N1944 W09750 - N1917 W09802 - N1856
W09834 - N1858 W09840 - N1952 W09938 - N2013
W09911 - N2015 W09820

RMK: CONS VA EM VISIBLE IN STLT IMAGERY AND
WEBCAM. VA CL EXTDS 50 NMI N AND 35 NMI NW FM
SUMMIT FL240. LOW CONFDC FOR T+06,12,18 HRS FCST.
...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190708/1800Z

Previous news
Monday, Jul 08, 2019
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 . ... [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 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 . ... [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 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]

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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