Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX22 at 11:46 UTC, 15/06/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/608
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 15/1110Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09839 - N1900 W09835
- N1845 W09824 - N1841 W09840 - N1901 W09839 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/1700Z SFC/FL200 N1901 W09839
- N1900 W09837 - N1840 W09829 - N1840 W09846 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 15/2300Z SFC/FL200 N1901
W09839 - N1859 W09834 - N1835 W09839 - N1840
W09853 - N1901 W09839
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/0500Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: A FEW SMALL PUFFS NOTED IN IR STLT AND
CONFIRMED IN WEB CAM IMAGERY. VA MOV TO SSE AND
WILL MOV MORE SW WITH TIME. ...LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200615/1745Z
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.