Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EM SEEN AT ARND 14/1440Z. 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:
FVXX22 at 15:50 UTC, 14/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/507
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM SEEN AT ARND 14/1440Z.
OBS VA DTG: 14/1531Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1857 W09822 - N1856 W09817
- N1851 W09817 - N1855 W09824 - N1857 W09822 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 14/2130Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09837 - N1859 W09812 - N1850 W09815 - N1900
W09837 - N1902 W09837
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 15/0330Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 15/0930Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: LGT VA EM SEEN IN SAT IMAGERY MOV ESE AND
CURRENTLY 20 NM FM SUMMIT. THE VA EM IS ALREADY
BEGINNING TO DSIPT IN SAT. MOSTLY STEAM EMS WERE
SEEN EARLY IN THE DAY MOV E-LY. MODEL GUIDANCE
SHOWS A CONT E-ESE-LY MOV THRU T+6 HRS. VOLCAT
ALERTS RECEIVED. ...KIBLER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200514/2145Z
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.