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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 EM to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Sunday Sep 08, 2019 22:45 PM | BY: VN

Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  8 Sep 2019
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 8 Sep 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 E direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 22:37 UTC, 08/09/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190908/2235Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/823

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 08/2211Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1908 W09838 - N1901 W09809
- N1851 W09810 - N1856 W09831 - N1847 W09841 -
N1852 W09850 - N1905 W09844 - N1908 W09838 MOV E
5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/0400Z SFC/FL220 N1917 W09822
- N1909 W09809 - N1849 W09836 - N1854 W09849 -
N1905 W09846 - N1917 W09822

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/1000Z SFC/FL220 N1913
W09849 - N1908 W09826 - N1855 W09830 - N1850
W09840 - N1858 W09902 - N1913 W09849

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/1600Z SFC/FL220 N1922
W09843 - N1918 W09833 - N1853 W09828 - N1850
W09841 - N1914 W09850 - N1922 W09843

RMK: CONS VA EM VISIBLE IN STLT IMAGERY NEAR
SUMMIT. WINDS ARE LIGHT AND VARIABLE. NWP MODEL
SUGGESTS BACKING WINDS THRU T+18 HRS. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190909/0430Z

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 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 and is moving at 5 kts in SW direction. ... [more]
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]

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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