Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS. 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 15:27 UTC, 19/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/526
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 19/1430Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09834 - N1815 W09804
- N1806 W09834 - N1859 W09837 - N1904 W09834 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 19/2030Z SFC/FL200 N1903 W09836
- N1903 W09834 - N1815 W09809 - N1807 W09840 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/0230Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/0830Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VERY SMALL INTERMITTENT VA EMS CONT TO BE
NOTED IN WEB CAM AND IN IR STLT IMAGERY. VA MOV
TO S AND SSE OF SUMMIT. ...LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200519/2130Z
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.