Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EM OBS IN STLT. 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in NE direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX22 at 05:21 UTC, 16/06/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/613
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBS IN STLT.
OBS VA DTG: 16/0451Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1901 W09837 - N1900 W09835
- N1827 W09856 - N1842 W09918 - N1901 W09837 MOV
SW 5-10KT SFC/FL240 N1924 W09820 - N1908 W09810 -
N1859 W09836 - N1901 W09838 - N1924 W09820 MOV NE
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/1100Z SFC/FL190 N1902 W09838
- N1900 W09836 - N1820 W09834 - N1826 W09905 -
N1902 W09838 SFC/FL240 N1920 W09759 - N1850
W09758 - N1901 W09837 - N1903 W09838 - N1920
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/1700Z SFC/FL190 N1901
W09839 - N1901 W09836 - N1823 W09823 - N1824
W09854 - N1901 W09839 SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/2300Z SFC/FL190 N1901
W09839 - N1901 W09837 - N1823 W09823 - N1825
W09854 - N1901 W09839
RMK: VA EM OBS IN STLT MOV SW FM SUMMIT APRX 35
NM PRIOR TO DSIPTG. NEW VA EM OBS MOV SW AND NE
OF SUMMIT. FL BASED ON NWP MODEL GDNC WINDS.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200616/1115Z
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.