Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS to 22000 ft (6700 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX21 at 22:38 UTC, 12/10/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/966
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 12/2200Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1911 W09907 - N1901 W09837
- N1900 W09836 - N1901 W09910 - N1911 W09907 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/0400Z SFC/FL220 N1911 W09919
- N1902 W09836 - N1859 W09836 - N1856 W09922 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/1000Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/1600Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA IS NOT OBS IN STLT IMAGERY DUE TO WX
CLDS. OCNL DARK GRAY VA CAN BE SEEN ON WEBCAM
THRU BREAK IN CLDS. NWP MDL INDICATES A CONT W
MOV THRU +6HRS. ...ZHU
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191013/0430Z
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.