Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING 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 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX23 at 09:29 UTC, 04/01/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/009
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 04/0916Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1923 W09822 - N1911 W09811
- N1859 W09836 - N1901 W09837 - N1923 W09822 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/1530Z SFC/FL210 N1925 W09822
- N1910 W09810 - N1858 W09837 - N1901 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/2130Z SFC/FL210 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/0330Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA NOT VISIBLE IN STLT IMAGERY DUE TO WX
CLDS IN AREA. ACT SEEN IN WEB CAM. OBS BASED ON
NWP MODEL GUIDANCE. ...BOLL
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200104/1530Z
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.