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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: FRQ VA EMS to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Sun, 28 Jul 2019, 20:30
20:30 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 and is moving at 15-20 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 20:26 UTC, 28/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190728/2024Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/623

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: FRQ VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 28/2010Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1904 W09836 - N1855 W09836
- N1815 W09959 - N1835 W10007 - N1902 W09930 -
N1904 W09836 MOV SW 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 29/0200Z SFC/FL210 N1904 W09836
- N1854 W09834 - N1811 W09943 - N1832 W10010 -
N1859 W09944 - N1904 W09836

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 29/0800Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09836 - N1853 W09835 - N1811 W09944 - N1833
W10008 - N1856 W09946 - N1902 W09836

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 29/1400Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09836 - N1853 W09833 - N1813 W09946 - N1834
W10010 - N1858 W09946 - N1902 W09836

RMK: FRQ VA EMS OBS IN STLT MOV WSW FM SUMMIT AT
15KT BLW FL210. DARK PLUMES SEEN IN WEBCAM. VA
ACT REMAINS HIGH. NWP MODELS SUPPORT CONTD VA
MVMNT IN THE SW DIR. ...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190729/0230Z

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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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