Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 07:07 UTC, 07/09/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/815
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. VONA.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS
OBS VADTG: 077/0640Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1901 W09836 - N1811 W09904
- N1838 W09934 - N1901 W09836 MOV SW 10-15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 07/1230Z SFC/FL210 N1902 W09837
- N1817 W09916 - N1845 W09941 - N1902 W09837
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 07/1830Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH
EXPSFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 08/0030Z
RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS MOV SW TO SSW FM SUMMIT. VA
ACT FCST TO REMAIN HIGH AND VA EMS FCST TO CONT
SW MOV. ...FISHER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190907/1300Z
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.