Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ERUPTION AT 1707Z.
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVXX24 at 17:48 UTC, 13/12/18 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2018/568
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.
MODELS. CIMSS VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ERUPTION AT 1707Z.
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09813 - N1901 W09813
W09817 - N1903 W09817 - N1904 W09813 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR:
13/2330Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0530Z NO ASH
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1130Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: SML VA EM OBS AT 1707Z
IN WEBCAMS. VA OBSC
BY WX CLDS IN STLT IMAGERY. OBS BASED ON
COUPLED WITH STLT OBS OF WX CLDS. CNFDC MEDIUM TO
LIKELY TO DISP BY T+6. ...HOSLEY
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
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.