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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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Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EM to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Sunday Aug 04, 2019 16:30 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 15:59 UTC, 04/08/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190804/1557Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/657

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 04/1541Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1903 W09837 - N1900 W09837
- N1850 W09902 - N1902 W09905 - N1903 W09837 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/2130Z SFC/FL200 N1904 W09837
- N1900 W09836 - N1845 W09910 - N1856 W09912 -
N1904 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/0330Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09837 - N1901 W09835 - N1843 W09914 - N1856
W09917 - N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/0930Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09837 - N1901 W09836 - N1843 W09914 - N1855
W09917 - N1902 W09837

RMK: VA EM VISIBLE IN STLT IMAGERY MOV WSW FM
SUMMIT FL200. NWP MODEL GUIDANCE SUGGESTS CONT
WINDS TWRDS W THRU T+18 HRS. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190804/2200Z

Previous news
Sunday, Aug 04, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Aug 03, 2019
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 . ... [more]
Saturday, Aug 03, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  2 Aug 2019
Friday, Aug 02, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 . ... [more]
Friday, Aug 02, 2019
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 10-15 kts in NW direction. ... [more]

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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