Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS to 24000 ft (7300 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 12:09 UTC, 15/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/287
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 15/1151Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1919 W09840 - N1918 W09826
- N1859 W09836 - N1903 W09838 - N1919 W09840 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/1800Z SFC/FL240 N1953 W09841
- N1952 W09804 - N1859 W09835 - N1901 W09839 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/0000Z SFC/FL240 N2001
W09837 - N1954 W09754 - N1900 W09835 - N1900
W09837 - N2001 W09837
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/0600Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA IS SEEN MOV N UP TO 15NM FM THE SUMMIT.
NWP MDL INDICATES A NNW TO NW MOV THRU +12HRS.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200315/1800Z
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.