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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 EM to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Monday Sep 02, 2019 15:45 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 15:39 UTC, 02/09/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190902/1537Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/794

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 02/1520Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09839 - N1859 W09834
- N1823 W09850 - N1834 W09909 - N1904 W09839 MOV
S 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/2130Z SFC/FL200 N1904 W09839
- N1900 W09834 - N1818 W09850 - N1823 W09917 -
N1904 W09839

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/0330Z SFC/FL200 N1904
W09839 - N1859 W09834 - N1817 W09843 - N1818
W09907 - N1904 W09839

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/0930Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09840 - N1900 W09832 - N1817 W09841 - N1819
W09907 - N1902 W09840

RMK: DISCRETE VA PUFFS SEEN IN STLT AND ALSO IN
WEB CAM. VA EXTNDS APRX 40 NM SSW OF SUMMIT. VA
PUFFS EXPECTED TO CONT THRU FCST PERIOD BASED ON
RECENT ACT. ...VELASCO

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190902/2130Z

Previous news
Monday, Sep 02, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 . ... [more]
Sunday, Sep 01, 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]
Sunday, Sep 01, 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 5 kts in SW direction. ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  1 Sep 2019
Sunday, Sep 01, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 and is moving at 15-20 kts in W direction. ... [more]
Saturday, Aug 31, 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]

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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