Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS 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 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 14:59 UTC, 31/08/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/785
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 31/1446Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1932 W09952 - N1905 W09837
- N1859 W09838 - N1856 W09955 - N1932 W09952 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 31/2100Z SFC/FL210 N1934 W09955
- N1906 W09838 - N1859 W09835 - N1849 W09958 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 01/0300Z SFC/FL210 N1935
W09956 - N1906 W09837 - N1859 W09838 - N1849
W09959 - N1935 W09956
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 01/0900Z SFC/FL210 N1934
W09955 - N1905 W09837 - N1900 W09837 - N1850
W09959 - N1934 W09955
RMK: CONT PUFFS OF DARK GRAY VA CAN BE SEEN IN
STLT IMGARY AND ON WEBCAM. VA EXTD WNW UP TO 90NM
FM THE SUMMIT. NWP MDL INDICATES A CONT W MOV
THRU +18HRS. ...ZHU
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190831/2100Z
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.