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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: PSBL ONGOING VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Friday Sep 06, 2019 00:30 AM | 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 00:17 UTC, 06/09/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190906/0015Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/809

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. ASH3D.
VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: PSBL ONGOING VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 05/2331Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1916 W09923 - N1904 W09836
- N1859 W09837 - N1902 W09902 - N1904 W09923 -
N1916 W09923 MOV W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 06/0530Z SFC/FL200 N1910 W09924
- N1904 W09836 - N1859 W09838 - N1902 W09924 -
N1910 W09924

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/1130Z SFC/FL200 N1905
W09925 - N1903 W09838 - N1900 W09837 - N1856
W09923 - N1905 W09925

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/1730Z SFC/FL200 N1905
W09926 - N1903 W09837 - N1900 W09836 - N1856
W09925 - N1905 W09926

RMK: VA EXTDG APRX 40 NM WNW OF SUMMIT. NWP MDLS
INDICATE WINDS BECMG WSW BY T+12 HR. VA MOV BASED
ON ASH3D AND NWP. WX CLD MOVG INTO AREA OBSCG
VIEW. ...LEVINE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190906/0615Z

Previous news
Thursday, Sep 05, 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]
Thursday, Sep 05, 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 10-15 kts in W direction. ... [more]
Wednesday, Sep 04, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 . ... [more]
Wednesday, Sep 04, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Sep 04, 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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