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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 Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Thursday Jan 16, 2020 18:15 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 18:09 UTC, 16/01/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200116/1808Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/051

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 16/1751Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1913 W09853 - N1901 W09836
- N1859 W09837 - N1904 W09856 - N1913 W09853 MOV
NW 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 17/0000Z SFC/FL190 N1920 W09847
- N1900 W09836 - N1859 W09837 - N1913 W09854 -
N1920 W09847

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/0600Z SFC/FL190 N1922
W09846 - N1901 W09836 - N1859 W09837 - N1916
W09855 - N1922 W09846

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/1200Z SFC/FL190 N1922
W09846 - N1901 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1916
W09856 - N1922 W09846

RMK: VA EM VISIBLE IN STLT IMAGERY EXTENDING 20
NMI NNW FM SUMMIT FL190. NWP MODELS SUGGEST CONT
NNW FLOW THRU T+18 HRS. ...BOLL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200117/0015Z

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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