Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONTG 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:
FVXX20 at 05:34 UTC, 13/02/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/131
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONTG FRQ VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 13/0521Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N2022 W09817 - N2004 W09744
- N1900 W09834 - N1904 W09841 - N2022 W09817 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/1130Z SFC/FL200 N2020 W09815
- N2004 W09743 - N1900 W09834 - N1905 W09841 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/1730Z SFC/FL200 N2007
W09802 - N1949 W09741 - N1900 W09835 - N1905
W09840 - N2007 W09802
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/2330Z SFC/FL200 N1956
W09748 - N1937 W09732 - N1901 W09837 - N1906
W09839 - N1956 W09748
RMK: FRQ VA EMS OBS IN STLT AND WEBCAM MOV
QUICKLY NNE TO 80 NM FM SUMMIT BEFORE DSIPTG.
MULTIPLE VOLCAT ALERTS RECEIVED. NWP MODELS
INDICATE FL MVMT TURNING MORE NE BY T+18. ...CLARK
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200213/1130Z
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.