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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)

Monday Mar 09, 2020 12:30 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 12:24 UTC, 09/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200309/1221Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/260

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 09/1156Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1932 W09819 - N1916 W09806
- N1859 W09835 - N1902 W09837 - N1932 W09819 MOV
NE 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/1800Z SFC/FL210 N1957 W09808
- N1926 W09740 - N1859 W09835 - N1902 W09837 -
N1957 W09808

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/0000Z SFC/FL210 N1944
W09753 - N1917 W09737 - N1858 W09838 - N1902
W09838 - N1944 W09753

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/0600Z SFC/FL210 N1947
W09758 - N1925 W09738 - N1859 W09835 - N1901
W09838 - N1947 W09758

RMK: CONT VA EXTD UP TO 35NM NE FM THE SUMMIT.
NWP MDL INDICATES A CONTD NE MOV THRU +18HRS.
...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200309/1815Z

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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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