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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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Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico) activity update: one explosion and volcano-tectonic earthquake

Friday Jan 10, 2020 09:03 AM | BY: MARTIN

Explosion with incandescent fragments from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
Explosion with incandescent fragments from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
CENAPRED reported that surveillance cameras observed one explosion at 06:31 local time that ejected incandescent fragments as far as 1 km away from the crater. An ash plume rose 9,842 ft (3,000 m) above summit crater and drifted NE.
Additionally recored volcano-tectonic earthquake at 10:04 local time with a magnitude M 1.4, 90 minutes of tremor and 268 emissions of water vapor, gases and light ash content.
Source: Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres volcano activity update 10 January 2020
Previous news
Friday, Jan 10, 2020
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on  9 Jan 2020
Thursday, Jan 09, 2020
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 27000 ft (8200 m) altitude or flight level 270 . ... [more]
Thursday, Jan 09, 2020
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Jan 08, 2020
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 . ... [more]
Wednesday, Jan 08, 2020
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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