Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMS SEEN IN STLT. 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:
FVXX24 at 18:37 UTC, 19/01/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/057
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS SEEN IN STLT.
OBS VA DTG: 19/1811Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1911 W09832 - N1908 W09825
- N1901 W09836 - N1902 W09838 - N1911 W09832 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 20/0000Z SFC/FL200 N1913 W09838
- N1912 W09828 - N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 20/0600Z SFC/FL200 N1913
W09829 - N1908 W09821 - N1901 W09837 - N1901
W09838 - N1913 W09829
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/1200Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA SEEN IN STLT BUT DIFFICULT TO SEE DUE TO WX
CLDS. THE EXTENT OF THE VA TWD NE CANNOT BE DETERMINED.
MULTIPLE VOLCAT ALERTS. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A
CONT N-NE-LY MOV THRU T+12 HRS. ...KIBLER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200120/0030Z
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.