Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT VA EMS 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 15-20 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 03:58 UTC, 23/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/314
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 23/0346Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1902 W09835 - N1858 W09835
- N1835 W09853 - N1843 W09908 - N1900 W09854 -
N1902 W09835 MOV SW 15-20KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 23/1000Z SFC/FL210 N1902 W09837
- N1855 W09837 - N1844 W09912 - N1858 W09911 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 23/1600Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09838 - N1855 W09838 - N1844 W09913 - N1857
W09915 - N1902 W09838
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 23/2200Z SFC/FL210 N1901
W09837 - N1855 W09838 - N1843 W09914 - N1858
W09917 - N1901 W09837
RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS IN STLT MOV SW AND WSW FM
SUMMIT AT APPROX 20KT BLW FL210. ASH EXTDS FOR
25NMI THRU 0341Z. ...RAMIREZ
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200323/1000Z
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.