Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT SMALL VA EMS OBS 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in N direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 22:30 UTC, 02/07/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/487
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT SMALL VA EMS OBS
OBS VA DTG: 02/2200Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1925 W09846 - N1923 W09832
- N1902 W09837 - N1925 W09846 MOV N 10-15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0400Z SFC/FL190 N1928 W09847
- N1928 W09831 - N1903 W09837 - N1928 W09847
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/1000Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1600Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: CONT SMALL VA EMS OBS MOV N FM SUMMIT. VA
FCST TO CONT N MOV THRU T+12HRS.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190703/0430Z
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.