Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEWEST VA EM AT 13/1455Z IN SAT. 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 16:10 UTC, 13/02/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/133
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEWEST VA EM AT 13/1455Z IN SAT.
OBS VA DTG: 13/1545Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1915 W09832 - N1912 W09829
- N1906 W09834 - N1908 W09837 - N1915 W09832 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/2200Z SFC/FL200 N1926 W09818
- N1917 W09811 - N1901 W09837 - N1903 W09839 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0400Z SFC/FL200 N1922
W09814 - N1912 W09809 - N1900 W09835 - N1903
W09837 - N1922 W09814
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1000Z SFC/FL200 N1918
W09811 - N1908 W09807 - N1859 W09836 - N1902
W09837 - N1918 W09811
RMK: MULT VA EMS SEEN OVER THE LAST FEW HRS MOVG
TWD THE NE AND DSIPTG. THE 13/1406Z VA EM HAS
DSIPTD IN STLT BUT THE 1455Z VA EM IS CURRENTLY
20 NM NE OF SUMMIT. MULT VOLCAT ALERTS. MODEL
GUIDANCE SHOWS A MORE ENE MOV THRU T+18 HRS. HGT
AND MOV BASED ON SAT, SOUNDING, VOLCAT AND NWP.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200213/2215Z
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.