Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: DCRG ACTIVITY to 19000 ft (5800 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 20:50 UTC, 23/08/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/749
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: DCRG ACTIVITY
OBS VA DTG: 23/2026Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1919 W09840 - N1859 W09834
- N1858 W09840 - N1916 W09847 - N1919 W09840 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/0230Z SFC/FL NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/0830Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/1430Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VO RPRT DCRG ACTIVITY. VA NOT SEEN IN STLT
DUE TO WX CLD BUT ASSUMED TO BE NEAR AND NORTH OF
SUMMIT. OBS VA BASED ON MODEL FCST WINDS WITH LOW
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190824/0245Z
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.