Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: INTERMITTENT LGT VA EMS 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 07:00 UTC, 19/08/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/729
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: INTERMITTENT LGT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 19/0640Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09904 - N1903 W09837
- N1858 W09836 - N1856 W09910 - N1904 W09904 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 19/1230Z SFC/FL200 N1904 W09908
- N1904 W09837 - N1859 W09835 - N1853 W09910 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 19/1830Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/0030Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VERY LGT DISCRETE VA EMS OBS IN STLT MOVG W
FM SUMMIT AT 15KT BLW FL200. VA EXTDS FOR APPROX
15NMI BEFORE DISSIPATING. ...RAMIREZ
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190819/1300Z
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.