Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONTG FQT 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 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 02:27 UTC, 30/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/345
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONTG FQT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 30/0216Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1931 W09838 - N1902 W09836
- N1901 W09837 - N1926 W09855 - N1931 W09838 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/0830Z SFC/FL210 N1934 W09832
- N1901 W09836 - N1901 W09838 - N1932 W09849 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 30/1430Z SFC/FL210 N1929
W09850 - N1902 W09836 - N1901 W09838 - N1920
W09903 - N1929 W09850
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 30/2030Z SFC/FL210 N1925
W09855 - N1902 W09836 - N1901 W09837 - N1914
W09905 - N1925 W09855
RMK: VA OBS IN WEBCAM AND RGB COMPOSITE SAT
IMAGERY EXT 30 NM NNE FM SUMMIT. FL WINDS FCST TO
VEER THRU T+18. FL AND FCST MVMT BASED ON RAOB
AND NWP MODELS. ...CLARK
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200330/0830Z
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.