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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) 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.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT VA EMS OBS to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Wed, 14 Aug 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 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 and is moving at 10 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 19:51 UTC, 14/08/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190814/1949Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/706

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS OBS

OBS VA DTG: 14/1930Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1934 W09916 - N1901 W09837
- N1917 W09929 - N1934 W09916 MOV NW 10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/0130Z SFC/FL220 N1934 W09916
- N1901 W09837 - N1917 W09929 - N1934 W09916

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 15/0730Z SFC/FL220 N1934
W09916 - N1901 W09837 - N1917 W09929 - N1934
W09916

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 15/1330Z SFC/FL220 N1934
W09916 - N1901 W09837 - N1917 W09929 - N1934
W09916

RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS MOV NW IN STLT IMAGERY.
MULTI VA EMS OBS. VA FCST TO CONT GEN NW MOV THRU
T+18HRS. ...FISHER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190815/0145Z

Previous news

Wed, 14 Aug 2019, 19:51
Eruption of Popocatépetl a few minutes ago
The volcano has increased its activity with more frequent individual explosions: during the last 24 hours, 160 exhalations (passive emissions of steam, gas and/or ash), 548 minutes of low amplitude tremor, and a comparably large number of 16 explosions occurred. ... read all

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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