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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: VA EMS CONTINUE to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Friday Aug 16, 2019 08:30 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:

FVXX24 at 08:25 UTC, 16/08/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190816/0823Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/714

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS CONTINUE

OBS VA DTG: 16/0807Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1908 W09907 - N1901 W09838
- N1858 W09838 - N1852 W09906 - N1908 W09907 MOV
W 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/1400Z SFC/FL210 N1908 W09907
- N1901 W09839 - N1858 W09837 - N1852 W09906 -
N1908 W09907

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/2000Z SFC/FL210 N1908
W09907 - N1902 W09838 - N1900 W09838 - N1852
W09906 - N1908 W09907

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/0200Z SFC/FL210 N1907
W09907 - N1902 W09838 - N1859 W09838 - N1852
W09906 - N1907 W09907

RMK: WEAK VA EMS SEEN ON STLT IMAGERY MOV W FM
SUMMIT. VA HEIGHT AND FRCST BASED ON IMAGERY AND
MODEL GUIDANCE. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190816/1430Z

Previous news
Thursday, Aug 15, 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]
Thursday, Aug 15, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 18500 ft (5600 m) altitude or flight level 185 . ... [more]
Thursday, Aug 15, 2019
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 . ... [more]
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
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. ... [more]
Eruption of Popocatépetl a few minutes ago
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
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. ... [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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