Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: REMNANT VA 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:
FVXX20 at 21:35 UTC, 09/06/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/409
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: REMNANT VA
OBS VA DTG: 09/2116Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1928 W10144 - N1919 W10007
- N1836 W10004 - N1834 W10141 - N1928 W10144 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 10/0330Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/0930Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/1530Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: A LARGE AREA OF REMNANT VA WAS CENTERED 130
NM W OF THE SUMMIT. VA FCST TO DISP IN 6 HRS.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190610/0330Z
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.