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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) 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.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: POSS VA EMS to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Sun, 17 Nov 2019, 19:45
19:45 PM | BY: VN
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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 19:42 UTC, 17/11/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20191117/1941Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/1097

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: POSS VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 17/1931Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1914 W09824 - N1909 W09817
- N1859 W09837 - N1902 W09837 - N1914 W09824 MOV
NE 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/0130Z SFC/FL210 N1913 W09812
- N1857 W09810 - N1859 W09837 - N1903 W09837 -
N1913 W09812

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/0730Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/1330Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA IS CURRENTLY NOT OBS ON STLT IMAGERY OR
WEBCAM DUE TO DENSE WX CLDS NEAR THE SUMMIT, BUT
IS EXPECTED IN THE AREA. NWP MDL INDICATES A NE
THEN E MOV THRU +6HRS. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191118/0145Z

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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