Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMS PSBL to 21000 ft (6400 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 and is moving at 5 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 01:33 UTC, 12/07/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/539
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS PSBL
OBS VA DTG: 11/0100Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1909 W09844 - N1902 W09837
- N1859 W09847 - N1909 W09844 MOV NW 5KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/0700Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/1300Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/1900Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: EARLIER VA EMS HAS DISP. PSBL NEW VA EMS OBS
IN STLT IMAGERY W OF SUMMIT HWVR WX CLDS REMAIN
IN AREA. NWP MDLS SUGGEST CONT LOW WINDS NEAR
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190712/0730Z
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.