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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: VA EMS CONT to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Thursday Nov 07, 2019 13:00 PM | BY: VN

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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX23 at 12:47 UTC, 07/11/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20191107/1243Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/1061

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS CONT

OBS VA DTG: 07/1216Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1940 W09908 - N1859 W09835
- N1859 W09839 - N1934 W09919 - N1940 W09908 MOV
NW 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/1830Z SFC/FL200 N1941 W09903
- N1859 W09834 - N1859 W09838 - N1937 W09914 -
N1941 W09903

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/0030Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/0630Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: CONT VA SEEN MOVG NW IN STLT IMAGERY AND
EXTDG 50 NM FM SUMMIT. NWP FCST MDLS SHOW VEERING
TO NNW BY T+6. ...SAMBUCCI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191107/1845Z

Previous news
Thursday, Nov 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 and is moving at 5-10 kts in NW direction. ... [more]
Wednesday, Nov 06, 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]
Popocatépetl´s summit crater (image: CENAPRED)
Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019
CENAPRED in cooperation with Guardia Nacional de México made reconnaissance flight over the summit crater of Popocatépetl volcano. ... [more]
Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Incandescent fragments observed at 22:19 (image: CENAPRED)
Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019
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. ... [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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