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

Tue, 30 Jul 2019, 20:00
20:00 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 19:57 UTC, 30/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190730/1953Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/632

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS SEEN IN STLT

OBS VA DTG: 30/1941Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1901 W09838 - N1900 W09837
- N1838 W09915 - N1848 W09920 - N1901 W09838 MOV
SW 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 31/0130Z SFC/FL210 N1901 W09838
- N1901 W09837 - N1835 W09917 - N1844 W09923 -
N1901 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 31/0730Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09838 - N1900 W09837 - N1835 W09919 - N1847
W09925 - N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 31/1330Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09838 - N1859 W09837 - N1834 W09917 - N1846
W09925 - N1902 W09838

RMK: CONS VA EMS SEEN IN STLT MOV SW AND EXTDG 60
NM FM SUMMIT BEFORE DSIPTG. WX CLDS HAVE OBSCRD
PART OF THE VIEW OF VA. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A
CONT SW MOV THRU T+18 HRS. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190731/0200Z

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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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