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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: CONS VA EMS. to 23000 ft (7000 m)

Tuesday Aug 13, 2019 11:30 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 11:28 UTC, 13/08/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190813/1121Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/699

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 13/1100Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1924 W10004 - N1905 W09837
- N1900 W09837 - N1853 W10002 - N1924 W10004 MOV
W 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/1700Z SFC/FL230 N1929 W10032
- N1905 W09837 - N1900 W09837 - N1850 W10032 -
N1929 W10032

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/2300Z SFC/FL230 N1929
W10034 - N1905 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1850
W10034 - N1929 W10034

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/0500Z SFC/FL230 N1930
W10034 - N1905 W09837 - N1859 W09836 - N1850
W10034 - N1930 W10034

RMK: VA EMS CONT MOV W AND EXTD 100 NM FM SUMMIT.
CENAPRED RPRTS THAT SOME VA EMS ARE REACHING
NEARLY 2 KM ABOVE SUMMIT. MODEL GUIDANCE INDICATES
A CONT W-LY MOV THRU T_18 HRS. HGT, MOV AND SPEED
BASED ON STLT, VOLCAT, MODELS AND CENAPRED. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190813/1715Z=

Previous news
Tuesday, Aug 13, 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]
Monday, Aug 12, 2019
Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes. ... [more]
Monday, Aug 12, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Aug 12, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Aug 11, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [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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