Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EM OBSD 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:
FVXX24 at 04:33 UTC, 13/08/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/697
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBSD
OBS VA DTG: 13/0416Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1908 W09847 - N1902 W09838
- N1859 W09838 - N1901 W09849 - N1908 W09847 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/1030Z SFC/FL200 N1906 W09848
- N1902 W09838 - N1859 W09838 - N1858 W09849 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/1630Z SFC/FL200 N1905
W09848 - N1902 W09838 - N1859 W09838 - N1858
W09848 - N1905 W09848
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/2230Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
RMK: FAINT VA EM SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY MOV WNW
AWAY FM SUMMIT. GEN WESTWARD MOV EXPCD THRU FRCST
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190813/1030Z
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.