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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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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS VA EM to 29000 ft (8800 m)

Sunday Nov 03, 2019 05:45 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 29000 ft (8800 m) altitude or flight level 290 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX23 at 05:34 UTC, 03/11/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20191103/0532Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/1041

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
HYSPLIT. ASH3D. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 03/0521Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL290 N2213 W09838 - N2206 W09816
- N1958 W09901 - N1901 W09836 - N1858 W09838 -
N1940 W09944 - N2012 W09950 - N2111 W09938 -
N2200 W09904 - N2213 W09838 MOV NW 0KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/1130Z SFC/FL290 N2152 W09835
- N2127 W09808 - N2041 W09833 - N1941 W09845 -
N1900 W09835 - N1858 W09842 - N1941 W09935 -
N2040 W09938 - N2122 W09901 - N2152 W09835

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/1730Z SFC/FL290 N2137
W09847 - N2128 W09744 - N1900 W09835 - N1859
W09840 - N2137 W09847

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/2330Z SFC/FL290 N2108
W09804 - N2049 W09714 - N1901 W09835 - N1901
W09838 - N2108 W09804

RMK: CONS VA EM VISIBLE IN STLT IMAGERY FL290. S
OF 20.5 LAT IS HVY VA CLD MV NW AND N OF 20.5 LAT
IS THIN VA CLD MOV N. NWP MODELS SUGGEST VEERING
WINDS THRU T+18 HRS. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191103/1130Z

Previous news
Saturday, Nov 02, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 and is moving at 5-10 kts in NW direction. ... [more]
Saturday, Nov 02, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 . ... [more]
Saturday, Nov 02, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Nov 01, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Nov 01, 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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