Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA OBSD 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:
FVXX23 at 09:56 UTC, 03/04/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/308
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA OBSD
OBS VA DTG: 03/0930Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1922 W09817 - N1913 W09807
- N1900 W09832 - N1902 W09835 - N1922 W09817 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/1530Z SFC/FL200 N1922 W09816
- N1913 W09808 - N1901 W09831 - N1902 W09835 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/2130Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/0330Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: LGHT VA EM SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY MOV NE AWAY
FM SUMMIT. REMNANT VA FM EARLIER EMS DISPTD.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190403/1600Z
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.