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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)

Friday Sep 06, 2019 22:15 PM | 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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 22:03 UTC, 06/09/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190906/2201Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/813

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ASH3D.

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 06/2130Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09835
- N1852 W09850 - N1902 W09853 - N1903 W09837 MOV
SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/0330Z SFC/FL220 N1903 W09837
- N1901 W09835 - N1846 W09846 - N1855 W09855 -
N1903 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 07/0930Z SFC/FL220 N1902
W09839 - N1900 W09835 - N1840 W09847 - N1849
W09859 - N1902 W09839

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 07/1530Z SFC/FL220 N1902
W09838 - N1902 W09834 - N1838 W09837 - N1838
W09852 - N1902 W09838

RMK: WEBCAM SHOWS CONS EMS MOV WSW 10 NM FM
SUMMIT. NWP MDLS INDICATE WINDS WILL BACK TO SSW
BY T+18. FCST VA AREA BASED ON NWP MDLS AND
ASH3D. ...LEVINE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190907/0400Z

Previous news
Friday, Sep 06, 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 10-15 kts in SW direction. ... [more]
Friday, Sep 06, 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 10-15 kts in W direction. ... [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 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]

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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