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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
(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: NO VA OBS IN STLT.
Mon, 6 Jan 2020, 19:30
19:30 PM | BY: VN
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 6 Jan 2020
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVXX23 at 19:24 UTC, 06/01/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/014
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NO VA OBS IN STLT.
OBS VA DTG: 06/1911Z
OBS VA CLD: VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE FROM SATELLITE
FCST VA CLD +6HR: NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: NO VA EXP
RMK: NO VA OBS IN STLT OR WEBCAM WITH CLEAR
CONDITIONS. NO FURTHER RPRTS OF VA EM RECEIVED.
NXT ADVISORY: NO FURTHER ADVISORIES
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.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information
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