Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS to 20000 ft (6100 m)
The full report is as follows:
FVXX21 at 00:58 UTC, 16/02/21 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2021/185
INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEBCAM. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 16/0051Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1914 W09759 - N1904 W09755
- N1902 W09837 - N1914 W09759 MOV E 30KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/0700Z SFC/FL200 N1920 W09732
- N1907 W09729 - N1902 W09838 - N1920 W09732
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/1300Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/1900Z NO VA EXP
RMK: NEW VA EMS OBS MOV E IN STLT IMAGERY. VA
FCST TO CONT E MOV THRU T+6HRS BEFORE DISP.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210216/0700Z
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.