Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano: sporadic emissions of volcanic ash
Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes.
The full report is as follows: INTMT VA EMS..
FVXX22 at 05:57 UTC, 03/02/19 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2019/099
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 03/0517Z
OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL220 N1903 W09817 - N1859 W09816
- N1859 W09819 - N1902 W09820 -
N1903 W09817 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/1130Z SFC/FL220 N1905
- N1858 W09810 - N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09837 -
VA CLD +12HR: 03/1730Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR:
03/2330Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA FM EM AT 0413Z STILL SEEN IN G16
COMPOSITE STLT IMAGERY 20 NM E OF SUMMIT. GIVEN
RECENT ACT, FURTHER
VA EMS PSBL. NWP MDLS FCST
LTLCG IN WINDS THRU T+6HRS. ...HOSLEY
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190203/1145Z
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.