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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: sporadic emissions of volcanic ash

Wednesday Mar 04, 2020 18:15 PM | BY: VN

Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes.
The full report is as follows: INTMT VA EMS..

FVXX20 at 18:01 UTC, 04/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200304/1759Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/239

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 04/1736Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N2114 W09605 - N2044 W09651
- N2052 W09655 - N2114 W09623 - N2114 W09605 MOV
NE 35-40KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/2330Z SFC/FL200 N1930 W09807
- N1921 W09758 - N1859 W09837 - N1901 W09837 -
N1930 W09807 SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/0530Z SFC/FL200 N1934
W09808 - N1921 W09757 - N1859 W09837 - N1901
W09838 - N1934 W09808

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/1130Z SFC/FL200 N1937
W09811 - N1922 W09757 - N1859 W09837 - N1901
W09837 - N1937 W09811

RMK: REMNATN VA FM EARLIER EM ENTERING GULF OF
MEXICO. FCST TO DISP. FUTHER ACT LIKELY GIVEN VA
EMS THAT HAVE ALREADY DISP IN LAST 6 HRS. NWP
MDLS FCST LTLCG IN WINDS THRU T+18. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200305/0000Z

Previous news

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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