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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: CONS VA EM OBS IN STLT. to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Wednesday Oct 09, 2019 16:00 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:

FVXX21 at 15:54 UTC, 09/10/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20191009/1551Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/950

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. WEB CAM.
NWP MODELS. ASH3D. VOLCAT. RADIOSONDE.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EM OBS IN STLT.

OBS VA DTG: 09/1530Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1903 W09837 - N1900 W09837
- N1829 W09941 - N1840 W09947 - N1903 W09837 MOV
SW 25-30KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/2130Z SFC/FL220 N1903 W09837
- N1900 W09837 - N1829 W09942 - N1839 W09948 -
N1903 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/0330Z SFC/FL220 N1900
W09837 - N1849 W09904 - N1855 W09906 - N1900
W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/0930Z SFC/FL220 N1901
W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1853 W09858 - N1859
W09859 - N1901 W09837

RMK: NMRS VA EMS OBS IN WEBCAM AND STLT MOV
QUICKLY SW NEARLY 60 NM BEFORE DSIPTG. HEIGHT AND
MOV FM SIGMET AND RAOBS. FCST WINDS TURNING MORE
WSW BY T+12 HR. ...LEVINE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191009/2145Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Oct 09, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Oct 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]
One of the three minor explosions at 08:46 (image: CENAPRED)
Monday, Oct 07, 2019
The activity of the volcano continues at moderately high levels, with no significant changes during the past weeks: ... [more]
Monday, Oct 07, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Oct 06, 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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