Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT VA EMS to 24000 ft (7300 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 and is moving at 10 kts in N direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 16:22 UTC, 18/02/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/159
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 18/1611Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N2120 W09805 - N2110 W09756
- N2005 W09831 - N1903 W09840 - N2019 W09852 -
N2120 W09805 MOV N 10KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/2200Z SFC/FL240 N2200 W09741
- N2145 W09729 - N2005 W09827 - N1902 W09840 -
N2028 W09858 - N2200 W09741
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 19/0400Z SFC/FL240 N2239
W09720 - N2216 W09704 - N2007 W09819 - N1902
W09840 - N2034 W09904 - N2239 W09720
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 19/1000Z SFC/FL240 N2320
W09653 - N2248 W09639 - N2007 W09816 - N1902
W09840 - N2037 W09911 - N2320 W09653
RMK: CONT NEW VA EMS OBS IN WEBCAM AND STLT
IMAGERY MOV N. VA FCST TO MOV N OF SUMMIT BEFORE
MOV NNE. ...FISHER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200218/2215Z
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.