Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS VA EMS to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 and is moving at 5-10 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX23 at 21:10 UTC, 02/11/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/1039
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 02/2026Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1911 W09907 - N1902 W09837
- N1859 W09835 - N1900 W09908 - N1911 W09907 MOV
W 10-15KT SFC/FL220 N1919 W09905 - N1902 W09835 -
N1901 W09838 - N1912 W09909 - N1919 W09905 MOV NW
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0230Z SFC/FL200 N1916 W09904
- N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1907 W09908 -
N1916 W09904 SFC/FL220 N1922 W09911 - N1904
W09835 - N1900 W09838 - N1916 W09916 - N1922
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/0830Z SFC/FL200 N1920
W09858 - N1902 W09836 - N1859 W09838 - N1911
W09905 - N1920 W09858 SFC/FL220 N1908 W09916 -
N1903 W09836 - N1901 W09835 - N1900 W09914 -
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1430Z SFC/FL200 N1923
W09852 - N1901 W09835 - N1900 W09838 - N1917
W09859 - N1923 W09852 SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP
RMK: CONS VA EMS OBS IN STLT. VA EXT 42 NM NW OF
SUMMIT BTWN FL200/220. NWP MDLS FCST LTLCG AT
FL220 THRU T+6. VA TO FL200 VEERS OVR NXT T+18.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20191103/0315Z
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.