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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: INTMT VA ACT. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Wednesday Feb 05, 2020 11:00 AM | 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:

FVXX22 at 10:53 UTC, 05/02/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200205/1047Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/101

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA ACT.

OBS VA DTG: 05/1031Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1916 W09840 - N1916 W09832
- N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09838 - N1916 W09840 MOV
N 30-35KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/1630Z SFC/FL190 N1916 W09832
- N1913 W09823 - N1900 W09836 - N1901 W09838 -
N1916 W09832

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/2230Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/0430Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VOLCAT ALERTS AND VA SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY
MOV N. MOV DOES NOT MATCH WELL WITH MODEL
GUIDANCE WHICH SHOWS A MORE NW-LY MOV. FCST
STILL SHOWS NW MV THRU T+6 HRS. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200205/1645Z

Previous news
Eruption of Popocatépetl volcano (image: CENAPRED)
Wednesday, Feb 05, 2020
CENAPRED recorded 3 volcano-tectonic earthquakes at 20:48 and 20:50 local time yesterday, at 03:26 local time today with magnitude M 2.7, 1.7 and 1.7. Additionally recorded 97 minutes of tremor and 104 emissions of water vapor, gases and light ash content. ... [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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