Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMS HAVE DISP
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVXX20 at 00:13 UTC, 02/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/472
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS HAVE DISP
OBS VA DTG: 01/2356Z
OBS VA CLD: NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/0600Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/1200Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 02/1800Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: EARLIER VA EMS OBS IN STLT AND SUMMIT WEB
CAM HAVE DISP. NO NEW VA OBS AND NO NEW VA RPRTS
RECEIVED. STEAM/GAS EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB CAM
VA EVENT ENDED. ...SAMBUCCI
NXT ADVISORY: NO FURTHER ADVISORIES
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.