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 10 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 14:20 UTC, 16/08/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/716
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS OBS
OBS VA DTG: 16/1340Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1907 W09909 - N1904 W09837
- N1856 W09907 - N1907 W09909 MOV W 10KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/1930Z SFC/FL210 N1905 W09920
- N1904 W09837 - N1849 W09918 - N1905 W09920
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/0130Z SFC/FL210 N1904
W09837 - N1844 W09919 - N1901 W09923 - N1904
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/0730Z SFC/FL210 N1906
W09926 - N1904 W09836 - N1846 W09922 - N1906
RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS MOV W IN STLT IMAGERY. VA
FCST TO CONT GEN W MOV THRU T+18HRS. ...FISHER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190816/2015Z
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.