Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: OCNL VA EMS SEEN IN SUMMIT WEB CAM 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:
FVXX20 at 21:49 UTC, 02/02/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/097
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. WEB CAM.
ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL VA EMS SEEN IN SUMMIT WEB
OBS VA DTG: 02/2136Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1920 W09835 - N1915 W09821
- N1859 W09834 - N1901 W09840 - N1920 W09835 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0330Z SFC/FL190 N1928 W09835
- N1922 W09812 - N1859 W09833 - N1901 W09840 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/0930Z SFC/FL190 N1934
W09833 - N1927 W09807 - N1859 W09833 - N1900
W09840 - N1934 W09833
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1530Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB CAM. LOW CONF
WITH EXT OF VA DUE TO WX CLDS IN REGION. VA HGT
AND DIR FM CONT AND NWP WHICH SHOWS CONT NE MOVG
THRU T+12. ...SAMBUCCI
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200203/0345Z
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.