Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: EARLIER VA EM DISPG. to 32000 ft (9800 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 32000 ft (9800 m) altitude or flight level 320 and is moving at 5-10 kts in NE direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 01:25 UTC, 04/06/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/394
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. HYSPLIT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: EARLIER VA EM DISPG.
OBS VA DTG: 04/0106Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL320 N2026 W09853 - N2020 W09838
- N2004 W09840 - N2007 W09901 - N2023 W09903 -
N2026 W09853 MOV NE 5-10KT SFC/FL370 N2029 W09926
- N2023 W09904 - N2006 W09902 - N2004 W09921 -
N2029 W09926 MOV NW 5-10KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/0700Z SFC/FL320 NO ASH
EXPSFC/FL350 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/1300Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/1900Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: A THIN AREA OF VA FM EARLIER EM MEANDERING
ABT 75NM NNW OF SUMMIT. REGION OF VA SPLITTING
AND DISPG FAIRLY QUICKLY. OTHER VA FM EARLIER EM
HAS DISP. NO RECENT VA EMS DETECTED. ...HOSLEY
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190604/0715Z
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.