Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: POSSIBLE VA EM to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX21 at 19:22 UTC, 04/03/19 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2019/186
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP
ERUPTION DETAILS: POSSIBLE VA EM
OBS VA DTG:
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1900 W09839 - N1859 W09837
W09859 - N1823 W09917 - N1900 W09839 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR:
05/0100Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/0700Z NO ASH
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/1300Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: POSSIBLE VA EM SEEN IN
STLT IMAGERY MOV SW
AWAY FM SUMMIT. WEBCAM SHOWS STEAM AND GASES
MAY CONTAIN VA. ...KIM
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190305/0115Z
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.