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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 MOV W to 26000 ft (7900 m)

Thursday Oct 10, 2019 20:00 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 26000 ft (7900 m) altitude or flight level 260 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 19:48 UTC, 10/10/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20191010/1947Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/956

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM MOV W

OBS VA DTG: 10/1930Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL260 N1919 W09950 - N1903 W09837
- N1859 W09837 - N1853 W09950 - N1919 W09950 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/0130Z SFC/FL260 N1914 W09947
- N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1853 W09947 -
N1914 W09947

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/0730Z SFC/FL260 N1913
W09947 - N1903 W09837 - N1858 W09837 - N1850
W09947 - N1913 W09947

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/1330Z SFC/FL260 N1907
W09948 - N1903 W09837 - N1858 W09835 - N1849
W09948 - N1907 W09948

RMK: NEW VA EM RISING TO APRX FL260 BASED ON WEB
CAM VIEW OF SUMMIT AND MODEL WIND DATA. MWO
SUPPORTS FL. VA EM EXTND APRX 70 NM W OF SUMMIT.
ACT EXPECTED TO CONT THRU FCST PERIOD. ...VELASCO

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191011/0145Z

Previous news
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Popocatépetl´s moderate explosion (image: CENAPRED)
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
The activity of the volcano continues at moderately high levels. ... [more]
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Oct 09, 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]
Wednesday, Oct 09, 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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