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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: NEW EM TO FL290 MOV NW to 29000 ft (8800 m)

Saturday Aug 24, 2019 20:15 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 29000 ft (8800 m) altitude or flight level 290 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 20:10 UTC, 24/08/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190824/2008Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/754

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW EM TO FL290 MOV NW

OBS VA DTG: 24/2001Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL290 N1917 W09852 - N1910 W09847
- N1907 W09850 - N1912 W09856 - N1917 W09852 MOV
NW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 25/0200Z SFC/FL290 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 25/0800Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/1400Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: A NEW EM EST TO FL290 BASED ON THE 12Z
RADIOSONDE WAS MOV NW AND WAS CENTERED 14 NM NW
OF THE SUMMIT. THIS VA CLD IS FCST TO DISP BY T+6
HRS. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190825/0215Z

Previous news
Saturday, Aug 24, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Aug 23, 2019
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 . ... [more]
Friday, Aug 23, 2019
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 . ... [more]
Friday, Aug 23, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Aug 22, 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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