Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING STEAM AND VA EMS to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 15:01 UTC, 15/06/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/435
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING STEAM AND VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 15/1451Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1903 W09837 - N1901 W09835
- N1852 W09843 - N1901 W09848 - N1903 W09837 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/2100Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/0300Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/0900Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: WHITE STEAM AND GAS EMS ARE SEEN MOV SW 7NM
FM THE SUMMIT. THE EMS ARE LIKELY LOW IN VA
CONTENT. WIND IS LGT AND VARIABLE BASED ON NWP
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190615/2100Z
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.