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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 EMS CONTINUE to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Friday Oct 04, 2019 12:30 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:

FVXX21 at 12:29 UTC, 04/10/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20191004/1227Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/930

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS CONTINUE

OBS VA DTG: 04/1216Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1913 W09826 - N1907 W09821
- N1902 W09836 - N1902 W09838 - N1913 W09826 MOV
NE 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/1830Z SFC/FL210 N1915 W09837
- N1914 W09831 - N1902 W09836 - N1902 W09838 -
N1915 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/0030Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/0630Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: LGHT VA EM SEEN ON STLT IMAGERY MOV NE AND
EXTENDS 14 NM FM SUMMIT. VA HEIGHT AND FRCST
BASED ON IMAGERY AND MODEL GUIDANCE. LOW
CONFIDENCE IN FRCST DUE TO LIGHT AND VAR WINDS.
...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191004/1830Z

Previous news
Source: CENAPRED
Friday, Oct 04, 2019
Through the monitoring systems of the Popocatepetl volcano, 177 exhalations were identified, accompanied by gases and light amounts of ash. ... [more]
Friday, Oct 04, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  3 Oct 2019
Thursday, Oct 03, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 . ... [more]
Thursday, Oct 03, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 and is moving at 15-20 kts in S direction. ... [more]
Thursday, Oct 03, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [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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