Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Updated: Sep 26, 2021 20:17 GMT

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT VA CLD to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Wed, 19 Feb 2020, 07:00
07:00 AM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 06:44 UTC, 19/02/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200219/0643Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/162

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA CLD

OBS VA DTG: 19/0631Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1931 W09835 - N1901 W09834
- N1858 W09846 - N1922 W09908 - N1931 W09835 MOV
NW 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 19/1230Z SFC/FL220 N1946 W09844
- N1902 W09834 - N1856 W09843 - N1939 W09914 -
N1946 W09844

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 19/1830Z SFC/FL220 N1947
W09832 - N1901 W09834 - N1858 W09844 - N1947
W09906 - N1947 W09832

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 20/0030Z SFC/FL220 N1955
W09858 - N1954 W09828 - N1901 W09834 - N1858
W09841 - N1955 W09858

RMK: FQT VA EMS ARE PRODUCING AN ASH CLD EXTDG
NNW FM SUMMIT FOR APPROX 75NMI. VA TO THE NE FM
EARLIER ERUPTION HAS DISP. ...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200219/1245Z

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Background:

Updated: Sep 26, 2021 20:17 GMT

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.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information


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