Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: PSBL VA EMS. to 23000 ft (7000 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 and is moving at 10 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 20:33 UTC, 10/07/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/531
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: PSBL VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 10/2010Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1922 W09855 - N1905 W09837
- N1908 W09902 - N1922 W09855 MOV NW 10KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/0200Z SFC/FL230 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/0800Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/1400Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: PSBL VA EMS. VA NOT OBS IN STLT IMAGERY DUE
TO WX CLDS. HOWEVER VO ACT HAS BEEN HIGH AND
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190711/0230Z
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.