Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 10:36 UTC, 06/09/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/811
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 06/1010Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1912 W09934 - N1903 W09836
- N1842 W09931 - N1912 W09934 MOV SW 10-15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 06/1600Z SFC/FL200 N1912 W09934
- N1903 W09836 - N1842 W09930 - N1912 W09934
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/2200Z SFC/FL200 N1912
W09934 - N1904 W09837 - N1841 W09931 - N1912
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 07/0400Z SFC/FL200 N1913
W09932 - N1903 W09836 - N1840 W09931 - N1913
RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS MOV W IN STLT IMAGERY. VO
ACT REMAINS HIGH. VA FCST TO CONT W MOV THRU T+18
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190906/1630Z
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.