Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EM 07/0811Z to 19000 ft (5800 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 08:38 UTC, 07/06/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/590
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM 07/0811Z
OBS VA DTG: 07/08Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1903 W09837 - N1840 W09822
- N1837 W09837 - N1902 W09840 - N1903 W09837 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/1400Z SFC/FL190 N1903 W09837
- N1826 W09816 - N1826 W09835 - N1902 W09839 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 07/2000Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/0200Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA OBS IN SAT AND WEBCAM IMAGERY MOV S TO 15
NM FM SUMMIT. FL WINDS EXP TO PERSIST THRU T+6.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200607/1430Z
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.