Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS VA EM to 23000 ft (7000 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 and is moving at 5 kts in N direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX24 at 17:20 UTC, 16/09/19 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2019/857
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EM
OBS VA DTG: 16/1650Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1932 W09847 - N1902 W09837
- N1900 W09837 - N1908 W09852 - N1926 W09856 -
N1932 W09847 MOV N 5KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/2300Z SFC/FL230 N1931 W09849
- N1901 W09837 - N1900 W09837 - N1925 W09858 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/0500Z SFC/FL230 N1930
W09850 - N1902 W09837 - N1901 W09838 - N1925
W09858 - N1930 W09850
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/1100Z SFC/FL230 N1931
W09849 - N1902 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1924
W09859 - N1931 W09849
RMK: VA EM CONT TO BE SEEN IN STLT AND WEB CAM.
VA EXTND APRX 32 NM FM SUMMIT. LGT WIND EXPECTED
TO CONT MOV VA TO NNW. ...VELASCO
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20190916/2315Z
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.