Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: INTMT LGT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT. to 18500 ft (5600 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 18500 ft (5600 m) altitude or flight level 185 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX22 at 14:11 UTC, 15/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/509
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT LGT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT.
OBS VA DTG: 15/1341Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL185 N1914 W09832 - N1903 W09823
- N1901 W09837 - N1902 W09838 - N1914 W09832 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/1930Z SFC/FL185 N1920 W09828
- N1904 W09813 - N1900 W09837 - N1902 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/0130Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/0730Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: INTMT VA EMS SEEN MOV NW AND
DSIPTG ARND 15-20 NM FM SUMMIT IN SAT. MODEL
GUIDANCE AND SOUNDING INDICATES VA TO NEAR FL185.
VA ALSO SEEN ON WEB JUST ABOVE SUMMIT. MODEL
GUIDANCE CONT TO SHOW A NW-LY MOV THRU T+6 HRS ...KIBLER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200515/2000Z
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.