Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT VA EMS to 22000 ft (6700 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 and is moving at 10-15 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 05:04 UTC, 05/09/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/805
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS
OBS VA DT: 055/0440Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1924 W10005 - N1904 W09837
- N1851 W10007 - N1924 W10005 MOV W 10-15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/1030Z SFC/FL220 N1926 W10007
- N1904 W09836 - N1852 W10007 - N1926 W10007
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/1630Z SFC/FL220 N1925
W10008 - N1904 W09836 - N1852 W10008 - N1925
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/2230Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP
RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS MOV W FM SUMMIT. VA FCST TO
CONT W MOV THRU T+12HRS BEFORE DISP. ...FISHER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190905/1100Z
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.