Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: BRIEF EM to 19000 ft (5800 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX23 at 11:32 UTC, 11/04/19 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2019/323
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: BRIEF EM
OBS VA DTG: 11/1121Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190
N1902 W09835 - N1858 W09827
- N1855 W09828 - N1900 W09837 - N1902
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/1730Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/2330Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 12/0530Z
NO ASH EXP
RMK: SMALL PLUME OF VA EXT 10 NM SE OF THE
SUMMIT. VA FCST
TO DISP WITHIN 6 HRS. ...TURK
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
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.