Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: POSS ONGOING VA EM to 28000 ft (8500 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 28000 ft (8500 m) altitude or flight level 280 and is moving at 5-10 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 03:45 UTC, 18/06/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/443
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: POSS ONGOING VA EM
OBS VA DTG: 18/0331Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL280 N1938 W09820 - N1934 W09752
- N1911 W09747 - N1844 W09823 - N1838 W09931 -
N1845 W09947 - N1901 W09947 - N1914 W09932 -
N1920 W09844 - N1938 W09820 MOV W 5-10KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/0930Z SFC/FL280 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/1530Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/2130Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA FM PREV EM HAS MOSTLY DSIPTD. VA NOT
VISIBLE IN STLT DUE TO HVY WX CLD. OBS BASED ON
NWP MODEL GUIDANCE. ...BOLL
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190618/0945Z
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.