Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS.
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVXX24 at 13:00 UTC, 16/12/18 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2018/578
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA. NWP
MODELS. CIMSS VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 16/1230Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1909 W09808 - N1846 W09811
- N1900 W09836 - N1907 W09832 - N1909 W09808 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/1830Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/0030Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/0630Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: INTERMITTENT VA PUFFS CONTINUE. LATEST
SMALL PUFF SEEN IN WEBCAM AND VOLCAT IMAGERY. VA
MOV E. ...LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20181216/1900Z
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.