Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING 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 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 01:12 UTC, 20/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/305
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 20/0040Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1950 W09835 - N1904 W09835
- N1858 W09838 - N1856 W09922 - N1950 W09835 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 20/0630Z SFC/FL200 N1932 W09849
- N1901 W09835 - N1858 W09837 - N1910 W09913 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/1230Z SFC/FL200 N1940
W09836 - N1904 W09834 - N1902 W09835 - N1925
W09905 - N1940 W09836
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/1830Z SFC/FL200 N1939
W09842 - N1937 W09820 - N1901 W09834 - N1859
W09840 - N1939 W09842
RMK: INTERMITTENT VA EMS NOTED IN WEB CAM AND IN
STLT IMAGERY. VA MOV THRU W-N OF SUMMIT WITH AN
EVENTUAL TURN MORE N. ...LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200320/0700Z
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.