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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: OCNL VA EMS SEEN IN SUMMIT WEB CAM to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Sunday Feb 02, 2020 22:00 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:

FVXX20 at 21:49 UTC, 02/02/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200202/2146Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/097

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. WEB CAM.
NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL VA EMS SEEN IN SUMMIT WEB
CAM

OBS VA DTG: 02/2136Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1920 W09835 - N1915 W09821
- N1859 W09834 - N1901 W09840 - N1920 W09835 MOV
NE 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0330Z SFC/FL190 N1928 W09835
- N1922 W09812 - N1859 W09833 - N1901 W09840 -
N1928 W09835

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/0930Z SFC/FL190 N1934
W09833 - N1927 W09807 - N1859 W09833 - N1900
W09840 - N1934 W09833

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1530Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB CAM. LOW CONF
WITH EXT OF VA DUE TO WX CLDS IN REGION. VA HGT
AND DIR FM CONT AND NWP WHICH SHOWS CONT NE MOVG
THRU T+12. ...SAMBUCCI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200203/0345Z

Previous news
Explosion with incandescent fragments from Popocatépetl volcano (image: CENAPRED)
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020
CENAPRED reported that surveillance cameras observed two explosions at 23:18 and 23:55 local time that ejected incandescent fragments as far as 500 m away from the crater. An ash plume rose 3,280 ft (1,000 m) above summit crater and drifted E-NE. ... [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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