Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS BEGINNING ARND 0730Z 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 08:25 UTC, 20/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/528
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS BEGINNING ARND 0730Z
OBS VA DTG: 20/0811Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1902 W09835 - N1851 W09825
- N1846 W09832 - N1900 W09838 - N1902 W09835 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 20/1400Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837
- N1902 W09836 - N1847 W09819 - N1840 W09831 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/2000Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 21/0200Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: LGT VA OBS IN STLT MOVG SE FM SUMMIT AT
APPROX 17KT BLW FL200. ASH EXTDS FOR 20NMI THRU
0811Z. WEBCAM INDICATES CONTINUED INTERMITTENT
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200520/1430Z
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.