Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS.
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVXX20 at 23:47 UTC, 15/04/19 from KNES
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426
ADVISORY NR: 2019/341
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 15/2336Z
OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL210 N1914 W09829 - N1908 W09825
- N1859 W09837 - N1903 W09837 -
N1914 W09829 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/0530Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/1130Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/1730Z
NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA FROM EARLIER EM BECOMING TOO FAINT TO
DISCERN. A NEW
RECENT PUFF NOTED IN WEBCAM AND
STLT IMAGERY MOV NE. ...LEE
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190416/0545Z
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.