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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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Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Sunday Mar 08, 2020 14:00 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 13:51 UTC, 08/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200308/1349Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/256

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 08/1336Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09807
- N1849 W09812 - N1858 W09837 - N1901 W09837 MOV
E 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 08/1930Z SFC/FL210 N1902 W09837
- N1901 W09758 - N1845 W09803 - N1858 W09837 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/0130Z SFC/FL210 N1905
W09753 - N1845 W09754 - N1859 W09838 - N1902
W09838 - N1905 W09753

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/0730Z SFC/FL210 N1907
W09750 - N1845 W09749 - N1859 W09837 - N1902
W09837 - N1907 W09750

RMK: CONS VA EM SEEN ON STLT IMAGEY EXTENDING
20NM E FM THE SUMMIT, AND IS OFTEN OBSCURED BY
CLDS. NWP MDL INDICATES A CONT E MOV THRU
+18HRS. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200308/1945Z

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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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