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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)

Sunday Sep 22, 2019 19:30 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 19:24 UTC, 22/09/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20190922/1922Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/884

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 22/1916Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1911 W09911 - N1903 W09837
- N1858 W09837 - N1853 W09914 - N1911 W09911 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 23/0130Z SFC/FL220 N1902 W09836
- N1858 W09835 - N1835 W09936 - N1901 W09935 -
N1902 W09836

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 23/0730Z SFC/FL N1902 W09837 -
N1856 W09837 - N1834 W09936 - N1900 W09935 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 23/1330Z SFC/FL220 N1903
W09837 - N1858 W09835 - N1825 W09923 - N1846
W09937 - N1903 W09837

RMK: CONT PUFFS CAN BE SEEN ON WEBCAM AND STLT
IMAGERY. VA EXTD 26NM W FM THE SUMMIT AND IS
QUICKLY MOV W. NWP MDL INDICATES A W TO SW MOV
THRU +18HRS. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190923/0115Z

Previous news
Sunday, Sep 22, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Sep 22, 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 kts in W direction. ... [more]
Saturday, Sep 21, 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]
Eruption of Popocatépetl yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019
Activity at the volcano continues to be elevated with frequent explosions and ash / steam emissions, which often reach several km height. ... [more]
Saturday, Sep 21, 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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