Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA OBS IN SAT. to 19000 ft (5800 m)
The full report is as follows:
FVXX21 at 09:09 UTC, 13/01/21 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2021/056
INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA OBS IN SAT.
OBS VA DTG: 13/0856Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1922 W09808 - N1912 W09803
- N1900 W09837 - N1902 W09837 - N1922 W09808 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/1500Z SFC/FL190 N1923 W09759
- N1913 W09754 - N1859 W09837 - N1903 W09837 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/2100Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/0300Z NO VA EXP
RMK: VA CLD OBS EXT 30 NM NE FM SUMMIT. VA PLUME
MAY BE PARTIALLY OBSCD BY WX CLDS. OBS VA FL ESTD
FM NWP MDLS. LTLCG EXP IN FL WINDS THRU T+6 HRS.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210113/1515Z
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.