Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA SEEN IN VA AND STLT 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 14:00 UTC, 12/07/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/542
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ASH3D. RADIOSONDE. CENAPRED.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA SEEN IN VA AND STLT
OBS VA DTG: 12/1341Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09838 - N1901 W09831
- N1857 W09834 - N1901 W09840 - N1904 W09838 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 12/1930Z SFC/FL200 N1903 W09828
- N1853 W09833 - N1901 W09840 - N1903 W09839 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/0130Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/0730Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA SEEN IN WEB AND CONFIRMED IN STLT. FULL
VIEW OF VA IN STLT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE DUE TO WX CLDS.
CENAPRED RPRTS VA MOV SE. WINDS ARE VERY LGT BUT
MODELS AND 12Z SOUNDING AGREE WITH HGT AND DIRECTION.
FCST THRU T+6 ONLY DUE TO CONFIDENCE BEYOND THAT
TIME PERIOD. ...KIBLER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190712/1945Z
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.