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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: VA EM CONTINUES to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Tuesday Mar 10, 2020 06:00 AM | 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 05:57 UTC, 10/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200310/0555Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/264

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM CONTINUES

OBS VA DTG: 10/0541Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1922 W09758 - N1858 W09755
- N1858 W09837 - N1902 W09836 - N1922 W09758 MOV
E 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 10/1130Z SFC/FL210 N1920 W09757
- N1855 W09755 - N1900 W09833 - N1902 W09837 -
N1920 W09757

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/1730Z SFC/FL210 N1916
W09756 - N1855 W09756 - N1900 W09834 - N1905
W09836 - N1916 W09756

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/2330Z SFC/FL210 N1916
W09758 - N1855 W09755 - N1900 W09834 - N1902
W09835 - N1916 W09758

RMK: VA EM CURRENTLY NOT SEEN ON STLT IMAGERY DUE
TO MET CLD OBSCURATION. HOWEVER, SVRL HRS PRIOR
TO ISSUANCE TIME, VA CLD SEEN ON STLT IMAGERY MOV
ENE FM SUMMIT. VA HEIGHT AND FRCST BASED ON
IMAGERY AND MODEL GUIDANCE. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200310/1200Z

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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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