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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: VA EM MOV WSW to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 02:00
02:00 AM | 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 01:51 UTC, 31/07/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190731/0149Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/633

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM MOV WSW

OBS VA DTG: 31/0130Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09837
- N1848 W09903 - N1853 W09906 - N1902 W09856 -
N1903 W09837 MOV W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 31/0730Z SFC/FL210 N1902 W09837
- N1859 W09837 - N1846 W09921 - N1858 W09923 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 31/1330Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1847 W09923 - N1901
W09923 - N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 31/1930Z SFC/FL210 N1903
W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1845 W09922 - N1859
W09924 - N1903 W09837

RMK: DISCRETE VA EM SEEN IN STLT AND WEB CAM.
REMNANT VA EXTND APRX 30 NM FROM SUMMIT. RECENT
VA EM OBSCURED BY MET CLD BUT EXPECTED TO MOV WSW
BASED ON RECENT ACT AND MODEL DATA. ...VELASCO

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190731/0745Z

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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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