Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMS CONTG IN SAT AND 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 14:40 UTC, 01/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/225
INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS CONTG IN SAT AND WEB CAM.
OBS VA DTG: 01/1421Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1903 W09839 - N1901 W09835
- N1821 W09835 - N1826 W09856 - N1903 W09839 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 01/2030Z SFC/FL190 N1903 W09839
- N1902 W09835 - N1814 W09822 - N1814 W09844 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/0230Z SFC/FL190 N1902
W09840 - N1902 W09836 - N1815 W09805 - N1814
W09829 - N1902 W09840
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 02/0830Z SFC/FL190 N1903
W09836 - N1838 W09741 - N1819 W09753 - N1902
W09839 - N1903 W09836
RMK: VA SEEN IN SAT AND WEB CAM EXTDG NEARLY 30
NM S FM SUMMIT BEFORE DSIPTG. MOST VA IS JUST
UNDER FL190 WHICH IS CONFIRMED IN WEB CAM. MODEL
GUIDANCE SHOWS A BACKING TWD THE SE THRU T+18
HRS. HGT AND MOV BASED ON WEB, SAT, SOUNDING AND
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200301/2045Z
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.