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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 (Mexico) activity update: two moderate and four minor explosions associated with incandescent fragments

Wednesday Nov 06, 2019 09:03 AM | BY: MARTIN

Incandescent fragments observed at 22:19 (image: CENAPRED)
Incandescent fragments observed at 22:19 (image: CENAPRED)
Popocatépetl´s explosion (image: CENAPRED)
Popocatépetl´s explosion (image: CENAPRED)
CENAPRED recorded two moderate explosions at 11:07 and 22:19 that ejected incandescent fragments and four minor explosions at 17:24, 21:49, 22:47 and yesterday.
Additionally recorded 148 minutes of tremor, volcano-tectonic earthquake with magnitude 1.9 and 96 emissions of ash content.
Source: Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres volcano activity update 5 November 2019
Previous news
Tuesday, Nov 05, 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]
Tuesday, Nov 05, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Nov 05, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Popocatépetl´s explosion on 3 November (image: CENAPRED)
Monday, Nov 04, 2019
The activity of the volcano continues at moderately high levels. ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  3 Nov 2019
Sunday, Nov 03, 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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