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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: ONGOING VA EMS to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Sunday Aug 25, 2019 04:00 AM | 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 10-15 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 03:46 UTC, 25/08/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190825/0344Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/756

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 25/0326Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1929 W09842 - N1920 W09836
- N1900 W09836 - N1859 W09838 - N1900 W09843 -
N1916 W09854 - N1927 W09853 - N1929 W09842 MOV NW
10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 25/0930Z SFC/FL220 N1925 W09900
- N1925 W09851 - N1916 W09841 - N1900 W09836 -
N1859 W09837 - N1910 W09856 - N1919 W09904 -
N1925 W09900

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 25/1530Z SFC/FL220 N1922
W09905 - N1919 W09851 - N1901 W09837 - N1859
W09837 - N1907 W09905 - N1916 W09911 - N1922
W09905

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/2130Z SFC/FL220 N1920
W09908 - N1916 W09853 - N1901 W09836 - N1859
W09837 - N1904 W09903 - N1913 W09913 - N1920
W09908

RMK: CONT VA EM VISIBLE INBTWN WX CLDS IN STLT
IMAGERY MOV NW FM SUMMIT FL220. FULL EXTEND
UNKNOWN. NWP MODELS SUGGEST SLIGHTLY BACKING
WINDS THRU T+18 HRS. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190825/0945Z

Previous news
Saturday, Aug 24, 2019
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 . ... [more]
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]

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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