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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) 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.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS TO FL/250 to 25000 ft (7600 m)

Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 15:00
15:00 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 25000 ft (7600 m) altitude or flight level 250 and is moving at 5-10 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 14:47 UTC, 24/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190724/1445Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/600

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. NWP
MODELS. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS TO FL/250

OBS VA DTG: 24/1420Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1903 W09837 - N1852 W09840
- N1901 W09844 - N1903 W09837 MOV SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/2030Z SFC/FL250 N1904 W09837
- N1832 W09843 - N1851 W09902 - N1904 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 25/0230Z SFC/FL250 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/0830Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: NEW CONT VA EMS BEGINING AT 1345Z TO FL/250
OBS MOV SSW FM SUMMIT. VA FCST TO CONT GENERAL
SSW MOV THRU T+6HRS. ...FISHER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190724/2045Z

Previous news

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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