Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: OCNL LIGHT VA EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB CAM 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 08:24 UTC, 05/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/482
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL LIGHT VA EMS OBS IN SUMMIT
OBS VA DTG: 05/0801Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1912 W09840 - N1902 W09835
- N1858 W09840 - N1905 W09852 - N1912 W09840 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/1400Z SFC/FL200 N1916 W09834
- N1901 W09833 - N1858 W09840 - N1915 W09849 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/2000Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/0200Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: OCNL LIGHT VA EMS OBS IN STLT AND SUMMIT WEB
CAM MOVG NW FM SUMMIT. VA HGT/DIR FM STLT AND NWP
MDLS SHOWS NW-LY TO N-LY MOVMT TREND THRU T+6.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200505/1415Z
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.