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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 20:26 UTC, 24/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/321
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 24/1956Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1913 W09933 - N1905
W09835 - N1859 W09836 - N1840 W09933 - N1913
W09933 MOV W 10-15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 25/0200Z SFC/FL200 N1928 W09926
- N1905 W09836 - N1858 W09838 - N1859 W09934 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 25/0800Z SFC/FL200 N1930
W09927 - N1905 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1904
W09934 - N1930 W09927
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/1400Z SFC/FL200 N1935
W09927 - N1904 W09836 - N1859 W09835 - N1907
W09936 - N1935 W09927
RMK: INTERMITTENT VA EMS NOTED IN WEB CAM AND
STLT IMAGERY. VA MOV WSW TO W OF SUMMIT TO ABOUT
30-40 NM DOWNWIND. ...LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200325/0230Z
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.