Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: DISCRETE VA EM. 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:
FVXX22 at 05:28 UTC, 18/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/520
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: DISCRETE VA EM.
OBS VA DTG: 18/0511Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09829 - N1858 W09828
- N1859 W09836 - N1901 W09837 - N1904 W09829 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/1100Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09814
- N1853 W09815 - N1858 W09837 - N1901 W09837 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/1700Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/2300Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA EM OBSD AT 0503Z IN WEBCAM. VA ONLY OBSD
2 TO 3 NMI E OF SUMMIT IN 0511Z IMAGE. NWP MDLS
FCST VA TO MOV E THRU AT LEAST T+6HRS. ...HOSLEY
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200518/1130Z
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.