Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EM AT 10/2333Z
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVXX23 at 00:05 UTC, 11/02/18 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2018/086
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO.
MODELS. CIMSS VOLCAT. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM
OBS VA DTG: 10/2357Z
OBS VA CLD: VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE FROM
DATA WINDS SFC/FL220 225/20-30KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/0600Z
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/1200Z
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/1800Z
CANNOT BE SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY DUE TO CLD
CVR. MWO RPRTS VA TO FL220
MOV NE ARND 20-30 KTS.
MODELS AGREE WITH OBS DIRECTION. ...WHISNANT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20180211/0600Z
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.