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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 25000 ft (7600 m)

Friday Mar 06, 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 25000 ft (7600 m) altitude or flight level 250 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 16:21 UTC, 06/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200306/1618Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/248

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 06/1506Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1927 W09750 - N1907 W09744
- N1859 W09837 - N1902 W09839 - N1927 W09750 MOV
E 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 06/2100Z SFC/FL2530 N1935
W09758 - N1917 W09747 - N1858 W09837 - N1901
W09838 - N1935 W09758

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 07/0300Z SFC/FL250 N1933
W09753 - N1913 W09745 - N1859 W09837 - N1901
W09838 - N1933 W09753

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 07/0900Z SFC/FL250 N1935
W09754 - N1914 W09744 - N1859 W09837 - N1901
W09838 - N1935 W09754

RMK: CONS VA EMS OBSD IN WEB CAMS AND G16 STLT
IMAGERY. VA EXTDS 50 NMI TO THE ENE. MEXICO CITY
MWO RPRTS VA TO FL250. NWP MDLS FCST VA TO MOV NE
AFTER T+6HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200306/2215Z

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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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