Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS OBS to 23000 ft (7000 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 and is moving at 10 kts in S direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX22 at 00:31 UTC, 17/06/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/618
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS OBS
OBS VA DTG: 17/0011Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1904 W09837 - N1811 W09821
- N1816 W09910 - N1904 W09837 MOV S 10KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 17/0600Z SFC/FL230 N1904 W09836
- N1744 W09817 - N1749 W09911 - N1904 W09836
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/1200Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/1800Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: NEW VA EMS OBS MOV S IN STLT IMAGERY. VA
FCST TO CONT S MOV THRU T+6HRS. ...FISHER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200617/0630Z
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.