Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONTG LGT 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 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 16:55 UTC, 04/06/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/582
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. WEB CAM.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONTG LGT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 04/1646Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1901 W09838 - N1901 W09837
- N1838 W09846 - N1845 W09853 - N1901 W09838 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/2300Z SFC/FL210 N1901 W09837
- N1901 W09836 - N1837 W09835 - N1838 W09845 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/0500Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/1100Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN WEBCAM IMAGERY AND
FAINTLY SEEN IN VIS SAT IMAGERY REACHING 25 NM
SSW FM SUMMIT. NWP MDLS INDICATE FL MVMT TO TURN
TO S BY T+6. ...CLARK
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200604/2300Z
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.