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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: CONS VA EMS SEEN IN STLT. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Monday Jul 22, 2019 14:30 PM | BY: VN

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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 14:28 UTC, 22/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190722/1426Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/591

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS SEEN IN STLT.

OBS VA DTG: 22/1406Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1903 W09838 - N1901 W09837
- N1842 W09910 - N1858 W09928 - N1903 W09838 MOV
SW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 22/2000Z SFC/FL210 N1903 W09838
- N1901 W09837 - N1837 W09936 - N1858 W09938 -
N1903 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 23/0200Z SFC/FL210 N1903
W09838 - N1900 W09837 - N1846 W09937 - N1901
W09938 - N1903 W09838

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 23/0800Z SFC/FL210 N1904
W09938 - N1904 W09838 - N1900 W09837 - N1849
W09937 - N1904 W09938

RMK: STLT IMAGERY SHOWS CURRENT VA MOV SW WITH
OLDER RESIDUAL VA FM EARLIER ACT MOV W AND SLOWLY
DSIPTG AND EXTD 60 NM FM SUMMIT. MULTIPLE WEB CAMS
SHOW VA ACT. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A GRADUAL MOV
TWD THE W THRU T+18 HRS. MMEX SOUNDING AND VOLCAT
CONFIRM CURRENT MOV AND HGT ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190722/2030Z

Previous news
Monday, Jul 22, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Jul 21, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 21 Jul 2019
Sunday, Jul 21, 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 20, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 and is moving at 10 kts in N direction. ... [more]
Saturday, Jul 20, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [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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