Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS to 24000 ft (7300 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 19:21 UTC, 04/09/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/803
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 04/1906Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1919 W09903 - N1902 W09837
- N1901 W09836 - N1902 W09912 - N1919 W09903 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/0100Z SFC/FL240 N1918 W09908
- N1902 W09836 - N1901 W09837 - N1859 W09916 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/0700Z SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/1300Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA EXTD UP TO 25NM NW FM THE SUMMIT. NWP
MDL INDICATES A CONT WNW FM THE SUMMIT. ...ZHU
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190905/0115Z
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.