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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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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) 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: FQT EM to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Thu, 27 Feb 2020, 03:15
03:15 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 03:04 UTC, 27/02/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200227/0300Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/207

INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. NWP MODELS. RADIOSONDE.

ERUPTION DETAILS: FQT EM

OBS VA DTG: 27/0251Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1925 W09751 - N1920 W09748
- N1859 W09838 - N1904 W09840 - N1925 W09751 MOV
NE 30-35KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 27/0900Z SFC/FL200 N1926 W09726
- N1914 W09722 - N1856 W09838 - N1904 W09841 -
N1926 W09726

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 27/1500Z SFC/FL200 N1928
W09726 - N1915 W09722 - N1857 W09838 - N1906
W09841 - N1928 W09726

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 27/2100Z SFC/FL200 N1927
W09726 - N1915 W09722 - N1857 W09839 - N1907
W09840 - N1927 W09726

RMK: VA EXT 36 NM ENE OF THE SUMMIT. A NEW, MORE
POTENT EM OCCURRED WITHIN THE LAST 20 MIN. HGT
BASED ON RADIOSONDE. LTLCG FCST BASED ON MODEL
GUIDANCE. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200227/0845Z

Previous news

Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 18:01
Explosion of Popocatépetl volcano this morning (image: Webcams de Mexico)
The activity at the volcano remains high. A spectacular vulcanicn explosion occurred again this morning at 00:16 local time, showering the summit cone with incandescent lava bombs (s. picture). ... read all

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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