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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: THICK VA EMS SEEN IN STLT AND SUMMIT WEB CAM AT 1450Z to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Saturday Mar 07, 2020 15:30 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 15:21 UTC, 07/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200307/1518Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/252

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: THICK VA EMS SEEN IN STLT AND
SUMMIT WEB CAM AT 1450Z

OBS VA DTG: 07/1451Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1904 W09836 - N1859 W09809
- N1849 W09814 - N1858 W09840 - N1904 W09836 MOV
SE 25-30KT SFC/FL230 N1916 W09753 - N1905 W09753
- N1906 W09811 - N1915 W09811 - N1916 W09753 MOV
E 25-30KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/2100Z SFC/FL220 N1904 W09836
- N1855 W09803 - N1842 W09813 - N1859 W09840 -
N1904 W09836 SFC/FL230 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/0300Z SFC/FL220 N1905
W09836 - N1855 W09802 - N1841 W09813 - N1858
W09839 - N1905 W09836

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/0900Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: REMANT VA CLD AT FL230 OBS IN STLT 36 NM E
OF SUMMIT. NEW VA EMS OBS AT FL220 23 NM SE FM
SUMMIT. VA HGT AND DIR FM STLT AND NWP SHOW CONT
SE-LY MOVG THRU T+12. ...SAMBUCCI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200307/2115Z

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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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