Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano: sporadic emissions of volcanic ash
Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes.
The full report is as follows: INTMT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT..
FVXX20 at 07:26 UTC, 02/04/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/359
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT.
OBS VA DTG: 02/0711Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1907 W09910 - N1904 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1857 W09909 - N1907 W09910 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/1300Z SFC/FL200 N1920 W09913
- N1905 W09837 - N1900 W09838 - N1908 W09917 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/1900Z SFC/FL200 N1925
W09913 - N1904 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1913
W09916 - N1925 W09913
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/0100Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: INTMT VA SEEN IN SAT IMAGERY MOV W AND 15 NM
FM SUMMIT. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A MORE WNW-LY MOV
THRU T+12 HRS. MULT VOLCAT ALERTS RECEIVED.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200402/1330Z
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.