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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: CONS VA EMS. to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Thursday Mar 05, 2020 16:30 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 16:27 UTC, 05/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200305/1624Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/243

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 05/1611Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1949 W09811 - N1940 W09753
- N1859 W09839 - N1902 W09841 - N1949 W09811 MOV
NE 25-30KT SFC/FL230 N2009 W09658 - N1956 W09648
- N1947 W09741 - N2002 W09744 - N2009 W09658 MOV
NE 25-30KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/2200Z SFC/FL220 N2011 W09734
- N1956 W09705 - N1900 W09837 - N1903 W09840 -
N2011 W09734 SFC/FL230 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/0400Z SFC/FL220 N2002
W09738 - N1942 W09711 - N1900 W09837 - N1902
W09840 - N2002 W09738

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/1000Z SFC/FL220 N1956
W09725 - N1929 W09706 - N1859 W09837 - N1903
W09840 - N1956 W09725

RMK: CONS VA EMS OBSD IN BOTH WEBCAM AND G16 STLT
IMAGERY. VA EXTDS BTWN 50 AND 60 NMI NE TO NNE OF
THE SUMMIT. REMNANT VA ALSO OBSD 90 TO 110 NMI NE
OF THE SUMMIT. NWP MDLS FCST GRADUAL SHIFT IN VA
MOVMNT TO THE ENE BY T+18HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200305/2230Z

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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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