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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 SEEN IN WEB CAM AND STLT

Friday Jan 03, 2020 15:45 PM | BY: VN

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX23 at 15:41 UTC, 03/01/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200103/1539Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/005

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS SEEN IN WEB CAM AND STLT

RMK: WE HAVE RECEIVED INFORMATION SUGGESTING A
POSSIBLE VA EMISSION. WE WILL GATHER FURTHER
INFORMATION AND ISSUE A FULL ADVISORY AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE.

NXT ADVISORY: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Previous news
Thursday, Jan 02, 2020
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 31 Dec 2019
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 . ... [more]
Explosion from Popocatépetl volcano on 27 December 2019 (image: CENAPRED)
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019
CENAPRED recorded one explosion at 10:29 local time, 68 minutes of low-amplitude tremor and 167 emissions of water vapor, gases and light ash content. ... [more]
Friday, Dec 27, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Dec 27, 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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