Get our newsletter!
Check out our volcano tours on VolcanoAdventures.com!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - app for iPhone & iPad

Guaranteed tours:
19-26 Sep 2020: Pearl of the Aegean - Santorini - Santorini Island (Greece)
10-18 Oct 2020: From Stromboli to Etna - Sicila and Eolian Islands (Italy)
14-27 Nov 2020: Desert, salt and volcanoes - Danakil desert (Ethiopia)
: spaces available / : guaranteed / : few spaces left / : booked out
Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Popocatépetl volcano
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
Popocatépetl webcams / live data | Reports
Popocatépetl volcano videos
Popocatépetl volcano books | Tours
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.
Last earthquakes nearby
Popocatépetl volcano tours
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Latest satellite images

Sentinel hub | Landsat 8
 

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS EM to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Saturday Sep 07, 2019 22:00 PM | BY: VN
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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 21:54 UTC, 07/09/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190907/2152Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/818

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. NWP
MODELS. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS EM

OBS VA DTG: 07/2120Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09835
- N1853 W09851 - N1859 W09852 - N1903 W09837 MOV
SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 08/0330Z SFC/FL210 N1904 W09854
- N1902 W09837 - N1859 W09836 - N1858 W09855 -
N1904 W09854

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/0930Z SFC/FL210 N1916
W09836 - N1859 W09835 - N1858 W09838 - N1915
W09842 - N1916 W09836

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/1530Z SFC/FL210 N1920
W09840 - N1919 W09835 - N1859 W09835 - N1859
W09838 - N1920 W09840

RMK: VA COULD NOT BE SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY DUE TO
WX CLD BUT EXP IN THE AREA. OBS VA BASED ON MODEL
FCST WND WHICH SUGGEST THAT EM WILL VEER OVR NXT
12-18 HRS. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190908/0345Z

Previous news

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.


---


Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information


More on VolcanoDiscovery:

Why is there advertising on this site?
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.