Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: OCNL 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 16:10 UTC, 05/04/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/369
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 05/1556Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1906 W09832 - N1900 W09836
- N1901 W09837 - N1906 W09843 - N1906 W09832 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/2200Z SFC/FL200 N1913 W09828
- N1901 W09836 - N1900 W09838 - N1912 W09847 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/0400Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/1000Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: OCNL VA EMS ARE SEEN ON WEBCAM. VA STAYS
CLOSE TO THE SUMMIT DUE TO LGT WND. NWP MDL
INDICATES A CONT LGT WND FM THE SOUTH THRU T+6
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200405/2215Z
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.