Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONTD VA EMS SEEN IN SAT AND WEB CAM. to 21000 ft (6400 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 12:11 UTC, 03/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/233
INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONTD VA EMS SEEN IN SAT AND
OBS VA DTG: 03/1156Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N2008 W09732 - N1947 W09717
- N1859 W09837 - N1903 W09838 - N2008 W09732 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/1800Z SFC/FL210 N2025 W09729
- N2002 W09711 - N1859 W09836 - N1903 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/0000Z SFC/FL210 N2019
W09725 - N1953 W09704 - N1858 W09837 - N1903
W09838 - N2019 W09725
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/0600Z SFC/FL210 N2014
W09722 - N1950 W09659 - N1859 W09837 - N1904
W09838 - N2014 W09722
RMK: VA SEEN IN SAT IMAGERY EXTDG NEARLY 80 NM NE FM
SUMMIT. MULTIPLE VOLCAT ALERTS AND VA EMS SEEN IN
WEB CAM. MODEL GUIDANCE INDICATES A CONT NE-LY
MOV THRU T+18 HRS. ...KIBLER
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200303/1815Z
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.