Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT VA EMS OBS 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 15 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 06:13 UTC, 10/08/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/683
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS OBS
OBS VA DTG: 10/0540Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1925 W09920 - N1902 W09837
- N1908 W09926 - N1925 W09920 MOV NW 15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 10/1130Z SFC/FL210 N1925 W09920
- N1902 W09837 - N1908 W09926 - N1925 W09920
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/1730Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/2330Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS MOV NW IN STLT IMAGERY FM
SUMMIT. VA IS PTLY OBSCD BY WX CLDS HWVR VO ACT
REMAINS HIGH. VA FCST TO CONT NW MOV THRU T+6HRS.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190810/1215Z
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.