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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 LGT VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Sunday Jul 14, 2019 19:45 PM | BY: VN

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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 19:35 UTC, 14/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190714/1931Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/553

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ASH3D. VOLCAT. RADIOSONDE.

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING LGT VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 14/1916Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1916 W09918 - N1902 W09837
- N1859 W09837 - N1855 W09917 - N1916 W09918 MOV
W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/0130Z SFC/FL200 N1917 W09917
- N1904 W09836 - N1857 W09837 - N1857 W09919 -
N1917 W09917

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 15/0730Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 15/1330Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: UPDATE FOR FCST. LGT VA EMS SEEN IN RGB AND
MULTI-SPECTRAL IMAGERY MOV W. WX CLDS MAKING
IT DIFFICULT TO SEE FULL VIEW OF LGT VA. ACT HAS
DCRGD OVER THE LAST FEW HRS. MODEL GUIDANCE
SHOWS A CONT W-LY MOV THRU T+6 HRS. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190715/0100Z

Previous news
Sunday, Jul 14, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 13 Jul 2019
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 12 Jul 2019
Friday, Jul 12, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 . ... [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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