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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: CONT VA EM OBS IN STLT. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Tue, 23 Jul 2019, 13:30
13:30 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 13:24 UTC, 23/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190723/1322Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/595

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EM OBS IN STLT.

OBS VA DTG: 23/1300Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1905 W09910 - N1903 W09837
- N1856 W09836 - N1845 W09905 - N1905 W09910 MOV
SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 23/1900Z SFC/FL210 N1904 W09836
- N1858 W09835 - N1837 W09910 - N1900 W09919 -
N1904 W09836

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/0100Z SFC/FL210 N1904
W09836 - N1856 W09835 - N1818 W09859 - N1841
W09917 - N1904 W09836

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/0700Z SFC/FL210 N1904
W09835 - N1856 W09834 - N1819 W09859 - N1841
W09917 - N1904 W09835

RMK: CONT VA EM OBS IN WEBCAM AND STLT EXTD WSW
APRX 30 NM FM SUMMIT. HGT AND MOV FCST BASED ON
MODEL GUIDANCE. LTLCHG EXPCD BASED ON RECENT ACT.
...LEVINE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190723/1915Z

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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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