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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: OCNL EM to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Sunday Aug 18, 2019 08:00 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 07:53 UTC, 18/08/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190818/0751Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/725

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL EM

OBS VA DTG: 18/0720Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1914 W09930 - N1904 W09837
- N1858 W09835 - N1857 W09931 - N1914 W09930 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/1330Z SFC/FL190 N1905 W09837
- N1859 W09835 - N1846 W09933 - N1902 W09935 -
N1905 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/1930Z SFC/FL190 N1904
W09837 - N1858 W09835 - N1844 W09938 - N1856
W09938 - N1904 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 19/0130Z SFC/FL190 N1905
W09836 - N1858 W09834 - N1841 W09937 - N1852
W09940 - N1905 W09836

RMK: VA NOT SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY DUE TO WX CLD
BUT WEB CAM SHOWED OCNL EM. OBS AND FCST VA BASED
ON MODEL FCST WINDS WITH LOW CONFIDENCE IN EXTENT
OF VA. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190818/1345Z

Previous news
Saturday, Aug 17, 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]
Saturday, Aug 17, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 17 Aug 2019
Saturday, Aug 17, 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]
Eruption of Popocatépetl this afternoon (image: Volcanes de México webcams)
Friday, Aug 16, 2019
The level of activity of the volcano remains high, with frequent moderate to strong explosions, which often produce ash plumes of several kilometers height and eject lava bombs and blocks to up to approx. 1 km distance from the crater. ... [more]
Friday, Aug 16, 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 kts in W 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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