Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EM to 22000 ft (6700 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 07:05 UTC, 15/04/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/336
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EM
OBS VA DTG: 15/0651Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1923 W09828 - N1908 W09814
- N1901 W09834 - N1904 W09837 - N1923 W09828 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/1300Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 15/1900Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/0100Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA EM SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY EXTENDING APPROX
20 NMI NE AWAY FM SUMMIT. HGT AND MOV BASED ON
GOES 16 IMAGERY. ...KIM
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190415/1300Z
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.