Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: OCNL EM 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:
FVXX22 at 10:31 UTC, 13/06/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/602
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. RADIOSONDE.
ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL EM
OBS VA DTG: 13/1021Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1901 W09847 - N1856 W09846
- N1855 W09852 - N1901 W09852 - N1901 W09847 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/1630Z SFC/FL210 N1903 W09838
- N1900 W09835 - N1813 W09911 - N1821 W09922 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/2230Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/0430Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: SMALL EMISSION HAS RESULTED IN A VA CLD
CENTERED 11 NM WSW OF THE SUMMIT. ...TURK
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200613/1630Z
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.