Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS. to 19000 ft (5800 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX23 at 13:14 UTC, 15/01/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/047
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 15/1240Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1923 W09858 - N1902 W09837
- N1900 W09838 - N1904 W09905 - N1923 W09858 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 15/1830Z SFC/FL190 N1925 W09856
- N1902 W09837 - N1901 W09834 - N1902 W09907 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/0030Z SFC/FL190 NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/0630Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA EMS SEEN IN WEBCAM AND STLT IMAGERY.
INTERMITTENT PUFFS NOTED MOVING TO THE NW OF
SUMMIT TO ABOUT 30-35 NM DOWNWIND. ...LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200115/1915Z
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.