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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 24000 ft (7300 m)

Sunday Sep 08, 2019 16:45 PM | BY: VN

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 and is moving at 5 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 16:42 UTC, 08/09/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190908/1639Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/822

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 08/1620Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1900 W09825 - N1856 W09809
- N1849 W09811 - N1853 W09828 - N1900 W09825 MOV
SE 5KT SFC/FL210 N1904 W09837 - N1858 W09835 -
N1836 W09852 - N1838 W09907 - N1859 W09900 -
N1904 W09837 MOV SW 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 08/2230Z SFC/FL240 NO ASH
EXPSFC/FL210 N1905 W09837 - N1902 W09832 - N1821
W09839 - N1837 W09929 - N1905 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/0430Z SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP SFC/FL210
N1907 W09838 - N1902 W09833 - N1820 W09831 -
N1835 W09920 - N1907 W09838

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/1030Z SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP SFC/FL210
N1907 W09838 - N1904 W09833 - N1819 W09828 -
N1830 W09918 - N1907 W09838

RMK: REMNANT VA EM MOV ESE WITH LEADING EDGE
LOCATED APRX 30 NM FROM SUMMIT AND EXPECTED TO
DISP WI 6 HRS. HEAVIER VA EM MOV SW AND EXTND
APRX 35 NM FROM SUMMIT AS SEEN IN STLT. ...VELASCO

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190908/2245Z

Previous news
Sunday, Sep 08, 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 and is moving at 5-10 kts in S direction. ... [more]
Saturday, Sep 07, 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]
Saturday, Sep 07, 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]
Saturday, Sep 07, 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 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 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 . ... [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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