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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: ONGOING VA EMS to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Mon, 13 Jan 2020, 20:15
20:15 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:

FVXX23 at 20:09 UTC, 13/01/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200113/2007Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/040

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 13/1946Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1911 W09841 - N1902 W09837
- N1900 W09837 - N1907 W09848 - N1911 W09841 MOV
N 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 14/0200Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0800Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1400Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: OCNL VA EMS ARE OBS IN STLT IMAGERY AND WEB
CAM. LAST VA EM WAS OBS THREE HOURS AGO, WHERE VA
EXTD UP TO 11NM WNW FM THE SUMMIT. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200114/0200Z

Previous news
Fri, 10 Jan 2020, 09:03
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. ... read all

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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