Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: INTERMITTENT VA EMS to 21000 ft (6400 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX21 at 05:38 UTC, 09/01/19 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2019/030
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.
ERUPTION DETAILS: INTERMITTENT VA EMS
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1905 W09930 - N1903 W09837
W09837 - N1858 W09930 - N1905 W09930 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR:
09/1130Z SFC/FL210 N1905 W09930
- N1903 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1858
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/1730Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/2330Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA EMS OBS IN STLT MOV
W FM SUMMIT AT 25KTS
BLW FL210. VA EXTDS FOR APPROX 50NMI THRU
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190109/1130Z
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.