Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EM OBSERVED AT 0004Z.
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVXX22 at 00:45 UTC, 12/02/17 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2017/005
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. GFS WINDS. VOLCAT.
VOLCANO WEB CAMERA. AFWA.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBSERVED AT
OBS VA DTG: 12/0015Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL150 N1921 W09842 - N1919
- N1902 W09830 - N1901 W09842 - N1921 W09842 MOV
VA CLD +6HR: 12/0630Z SFC/FL150 N1934 W09829
- N1905 W09832 - N1856
W09843 - N1922 W09906 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 12/1230Z
SFC/FL150 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 12/1830Z NO ASH EXP
CONFIDENCE HIGH. VA OBSERVED IN
MULTISPECTRAL IMAGERY. VA PLUME
EXTENDS 5 NM
NORTH OF SUMMIT. ...SZATANEK
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED
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.