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Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: PSBL VA OBS to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Fri, 27 May 2022, 18:30
18:30 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 and is moving at 20 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 18:25 UTC, 27/05/22 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20220527/1822Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2022/065

INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEBCAM. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: PSBL VA OBS

OBS VA DTG: 27/1806Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1902 W09838 - N1814 W10019
- N1842 W10035 - N1902 W09838 MOV SW 20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 28/0000Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837
- N1813 W10020 - N1843 W10034 - N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 28/0600Z NO VA EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 28/1200Z NO VA EXP

RMK: PSBL VA EMS OBS MOV SW IN STLT IMAGERY. VA
FCST TO CONT SW MOV THRU T+6HRS BEFORE DISP. VO
ACT LOW TO MODERATE. ...FISHER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20220528/0015Z

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Background:

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.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information


Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Popocatépetl volcano eruptions:
1345-47, 1354, 1363(?), 1488, 1504, 1509(?), 1512, 1518, 1519-23(?), 1528, 1530, 1539-40, 1542, 1548, 1571, 1580, 1590, 1592-94, 1642, 1663-65, 1666-67, 1697, 1720, 1802-04, 1827(?), 1834(?), 1852(?), 1919-22, 1923-24, 1925-27(?), 1933, 1942-43, 1947, 1994-95, 1996-2003, 2004-ongoing
Typical eruption style
Dominantly explosive, construction of lava domes. Plinian eruptions at intervals of several centuries or few thousands of years, vulcanian and strombolian activity in intermittent phases.

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