Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: POSS ONGOING VA EM to 21000 ft (6400 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 and is moving at 5 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 08:12 UTC, 12/07/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/541
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: POSS ONGOING VA EM
OBS VA DTG: 12/0730Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1930 W09827 - N1914 W09812
- N1855 W09813 - N1841 W09823 - N1841 W09850 -
N1858 W09903 - N1916 W09902 - N1930 W09849 -
N1930 W09827 MOV NW 5KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 12/1330Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 12/1930Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/0130Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA NOT VISIBLE IN STLT IMAGERY DUE TO WX CLD
IN AREA. OBS BASED ON NWP MODEL GUIDANCE. FCSTD
WINDS LIGHT AND VARIABLE. ...BOLL
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190712/1415Z
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.