Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: FRQ 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 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX23 at 06:54 UTC, 08/01/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/020
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: FRQ VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 08/0630Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1928 W09808 - N1922 W09800
- N1858 W09836 - N1902 W09840 - N1928 W09808 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 08/1230Z SFC/FL200 N1929 W09808
- N1927 W09755 - N1858 W09835 - N1902 W09839 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 08/1830Z SFC/FL200 N1931
W09807 - N1926 W09755 - N1857 W09835 - N1902
W09839 - N1931 W09807
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/0030Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA OBS IN STLT MOVG NE FM SUMMIT AT 25KT BLW
FL200. VA CLD IS VISIBLE IN STLT FOR 60NMI.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200108/1300Z
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.