Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Vulkan wirft Aschenwolke aus
FVXX20 at 20:59 UTC, 19/04/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/426
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. WEB CAM.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA NO SEEN IN SAT OR WEB CAM.
OBS VA DTG: 19/2041Z
OBS VA CLD: NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 20/0230Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/0830Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/1430Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA NOT SEEN IN SAT OR WEB CAM. MEXICO CITY
CANCELED SIGMET. FURTHER VA EMS ARE PSBL BASED
ON RECENT ACT. ...KIBLER
NXT ADVISORY: NO FURTHER ADVISORIES
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.