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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: MULTIPLE VA CLDS. to 23000 ft (7000 m)

Tuesday Aug 13, 2019 19:00 PM | 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 and is moving at 20-25 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 18:56 UTC, 13/08/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190813/1852Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/701

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: MULTIPLE VA CLDS.

OBS VA DTG: 13/1841Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1903 W09837 - N1900 W09837
- N1837 W09947 - N1813 W10216 - N1858 W10155 -
N1903 W09837 MOV W 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 14/0030Z SFC/FL230 N1914 W10211
- N1902 W09837 - N1859 W09836 - N1844 W09934 -
N1830 W10219 - N1914 W10211

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0630Z SFC/FL230 N1904
W10216 - N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09836 - N1812
W10205 - N1904 W10216

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1230Z SFC/FL230 N1902
W09838 - N1900 W09836 - N1748 W10147 - N1831
W10209 - N1902 W09838

RMK: MULTIPLE VA EMS OBS IN WEB CAM THIS MORNING
WITH MANY LGT VA CLDS OBSD EXTDG OUT TO OVER 200
NMI W TO WSW OF THE SUMMIT. MOST RECENT VA EM
OBSD IN WEB CAM AT 1824Z. NWP MDLS FCST VA TO
BEGIN MOVG WSW THEN SW THRU T+18. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190814/0045Z

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 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 . ... [more]
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]

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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