Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EM ARND 17/1740Z
FVXX20 at 18:00 UTC, 17/02/18 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2018/104
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. CIMSS
VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM ARND 17/1740Z
VA DTG: 17/1750Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1909 W09845 - N1902 W09837
N1859 W09837 - N1905 W09849 - N1909 W09845 MOV
FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 18/0000Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/0600Z NO ASH
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/1200Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA IS SEEN IN STLT
IMAGERY MOV TO THE NW.
MODELS SUGGEST FL200 BASED ON MOV. VA IS
TO DISP WITHIN 6-HRS. ...WHISNANT
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED
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.