Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: LGT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT AND WEB CAM. 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 13:22 UTC, 02/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/229
INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: LGT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT AND WEB
OBS VA DTG: 02/1306Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1907 W09821 - N1901 W09822
- N1900 W09838 - N1903 W09838 - N1907 W09821 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/1900Z SFC/FL200 N1917 W09817
- N1906 W09814 - N1901 W09838 - N1903 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/0100Z SFC/FL200 N1916
W09817 - N1905 W09813 - N1901 W09837 - N1903
W09838 - N1916 W09817
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/0700Z SFC/FL200 N1921
W09818 - N1911 W09814 - N1900 W09837 - N1903
W09838 - N1921 W09818
RMK: LGT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT AND EXTG NEARLY 20 NM
E OF SUMMIT. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A E TO NE-LY
MOV THRU T+18 HRS. ...KIBLER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200302/1915Z
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.