Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS to 20000 ft (6100 m)
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 17:06 UTC, 18/08/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/784
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 18/1646Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09839 - N1901 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09841 - N1904 W09839 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/2300Z SFC/FL200 N1907 W09841
- N1901 W09836 - N1900 W09836 - N1902 W09844 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 19/0500Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 19/1100Z NO VA EXP
RMK: VA DETECTED ON STLT AND CLRLY VSBL ON WEBCAM
DRFTNG NW OF SUMMIT. NWP MDL WINDS VRY LGT AND
FCST TO REMAIN THIS WAY. ...KONON
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200818/2300Z
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.