Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: FRQ VA EMS 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 13:58 UTC, 16/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/513
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: FRQ VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 16/1346Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1910 W09823 - N1858 W09823
- N1902 W09838 - N1904 W09838 - N1910 W09823 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/2000Z SFC/FL210 N1912 W09811
- N1855 W09810 - N1902 W09838 - N1904 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/0200Z SFC/FL210 N1922
W09813 - N1903 W09808 - N1901 W09837 - N1904
W09838 - N1922 W09813
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/0800Z SFC/FL210 N1926
W09819 - N1910 W09810 - N1900 W09836 - N1903
W09838 - N1926 W09819
RMK: MULT VA EMS OBS IN WEBCAM AND SAT MOV E TO
AT LEAST 15 NM FM SUMMIT OVR LAST 2 HRS. VA HGT
BASED ON 12Z MMMX RAOB AND NWP MDLS. FL MVMT FCST
TO BECM MORE NW-LY BY T+18. ...CLARK
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200516/2000Z
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.