Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Vulkan wirft Aschenwolke aus
FVXX22 at 00:51 UTC, 12/10/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/901
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA NOT OBS IN SAT.
OBS VA DTG: 12/0036Z
OBS VA CLD: VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE FM SATELLITE DATA
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 12/0630Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 12/1230Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 12/1830Z NO VA EXP
RMK: VA FM PREV EMS HAS DSIPTD. NO NEW VA EMS OBS
IN SAT IN PAST FEW HRS. WEBCAM SHOWS MAINLY STEAM
EMS REMAINING NEAR SUMMIT. ...CLARK
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.