Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMS HAVE DISP IN STLT IMAGERY
FVXX23 at 22:31 UTC, 02/12/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/1007
INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEBCAM.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS HAVE DISP IN STLT IMAGERY
OBS VA DTG: 02/2216Z
OBS VA CLD: VA NOT INDENTIFIABLE FM STLT DATA
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0430Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/1030Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1630Z NO VA EXP
RMK: EARLIER VA EMS OBS IN STLT AND SUMMIT WEB
CAM HAVE DISP. WX CLDS AND STEAM/GAS EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB CAM. NO
NEW VA RPRTS AND OBS RECEIVED. VA EVENT ENDED
NXT ADVISORY: NO FURTHER ADVISORIES
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.