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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: INTMT VA EM OBS IN WEBCAM. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Sunday Dec 01, 2019 21:15 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 21:13 UTC, 01/12/19 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20191201/2111Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2019/1163

INFO SOURCE: WEB CAM. NWP MODELS. ASH3D.

ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EM OBS IN WEBCAM.

OBS VA DTG: 01/2050Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1902 W09838 - N1901 W09837
- N1851 W09841 - N1858 W09847 - N1902 W09838 MOV
SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/0300Z SFC/FL190 N1901 W09841
- N1857 W09838 - N1844 W09847 - N1853 W09858 -
N1901 W09841

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/0900Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 02/1500Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: INTMT VA EM OBS IN WEBCAM MV SLOWLY SW FM
SUMMIT. FCST VA BASED ON ASH3D AND NWP MODEL
GUIDANCE. ...LEVINE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191202/0315Z

Previous news
Sunday, Dec 01, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Nov 30, 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]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 30 Nov 2019
Saturday, Nov 30, 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]
Friday, Nov 29, 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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