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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: VA EM OBSD to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Monday Feb 24, 2020 00:30 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 00:20 UTC, 24/02/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200224/0018Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/189

INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBSD

OBS VA DTG: 24/0011Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09837 - N1900 W09834
- N1847 W09818 - N1847 W09842 - N1901 W09837 MOV
SE 5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/0600Z SFC/FL200 N1917 W09843
- N1917 W09831 - N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09838 -
N1917 W09843

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/1200Z SFC/FL200 N1915
W09831 - N1910 W09821 - N1901 W09835 - N1902
W09838 - N1915 W09831

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/1800Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM SEEN ON STLT IMAGERY MOV S AND SE. VA
HEIGHT AND FRCST BASED ON IMAGERY AND MODEL
GUIDANCE. LOW CONFIDENCE IN FRCST DUE TO LGHT AND
VAR WINDS. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200224/0615Z

Previous news
Eruption of Popocatépetl volcano last night (image: Webcams de Mexico)
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020
The activity of the volcano remains quite high, and sometimes spectacular to watch: A moderately strong vulcanian explosion at 00:45 local time covered much of the northeast flank of the summit cone with incandescent bombs and produced an ash plume that rose several km. ... [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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