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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: sporadic emissions of volcanic ash

Wednesday Jan 15, 2020 19:15 PM | BY: VN

Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes.
The full report is as follows: INTMT VA EMS..

FVXX23 at 19:11 UTC, 15/01/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200115/1909Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/048

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 15/1901Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1907 W09842 - N1901 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1903 W09845 - N1907 W09842 MOV
NW 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/0100Z SFC/FL190 N1910 W09843
- N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1904 W09848 -
N1910 W09843

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/0700Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/1300Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: SML AND INTMT VA EMS OBSD IN WEBCAM. SCTD WX
CLD CVR MAKING VA ANALYSIS DIFFICULT. NWP MDLS
SUGGEST VA SHOULD BE MOVG NW AND SHOULD CONT MOVG
NW THRU T+6 HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200116/0115Z

Previous news
An ash plume from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020
CENAPRED recorded 3 volcano-tectonic earthquakes at 14:21 local time yesterday, at 07:28 and 07:39 local time today with magnitude M 1.5, 1.7 and 1.4. Additionally recorded 224 minutes of tremor and 136 emissions of water vapor, gases and light ash content. The plumes were drifted towards the northwest direction. ... [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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