Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in NE direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 09:20 UTC, 02/06/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/570
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 02/0900Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1921 W09817 - N1905 W09810
- N1902 W09837 - N1921 W09817 MOV NE 10-15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/1500Z SFC/FL210 N1922 W09816
- N1906 W09810 - N1904 W09838 - N1922 W09816
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/2100Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/0300Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: NEW VA EMS OBS MOV NE FM SUMMIT. VA EMS FCST
TO CONT NE MOV THRU T+6HRS BEFORE DISP. ...FISHER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200602/1515Z
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.