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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: ONGOING VA EMS. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Monday Feb 24, 2020 11:45 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:

FVXX20 at 11:38 UTC, 24/02/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200224/1135Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/191

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 24/1100Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1917 W09837 - N1913 W09828
- N1859 W09836 - N1903 W09837 - N1917 W09837 MOV
NE 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/1700Z SFC/FL190 N1921 W09837
- N1916 W09825 - N1900 W09836 - N1902 W09838 -
N1921 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/2300Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/0500Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: INTERMITTENT SMALL EMS CONTINUE TO MOV NNE
AND NE OF SUMMIT. EMS DISPERSING ABOUT 20-25 NM
DOWNWIND. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200224/1730Z

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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