Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano: sporadic emissions of volcanic ash
Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes.
The full report is as follows: INTMT VA EMS CONTG .
FVXX24 at 20:49 UTC, 02/06/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/572
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EMS CONTG
OBS VA DTG: 02/2021Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1901 W09838 - N1859 W09826
- N1849 W09831 - N1858 W09838 - N1901 W09838 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0230Z SFC/FL210 N1900 W09836
- N1840 W09825 - N1840 W09838 - N1859 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/0830Z SFC/FL210 N1901
W09838 - N1859 W09835 - N1837 W09835 - N1841
W09849 - N1901 W09838
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1430Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA EM OBSD AT ABT 2005Z IN G16 STLT IMAGERY.
WX CLD CVR OBSCS SUMMIT IN BOTH WEBCAM AND STLT.
HWVR, VA STILL OBSD. NWP MDLS FCST VA TO BEGIN
MOVG S BY T+6HRS. ...HOSLEY
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200603/0245Z
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.