Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT VA EMS SEEN 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 19:42 UTC, 03/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/235
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT AND WEB
OBS VA DTG: 03/1926Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1944 W09817 - N1940 W09808
- N1901 W09836 - N1903 W09839 - N1944 W09817 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/0130Z SFC/FL190 N1951 W09801
- N1943 W09751 - N1900 W09835 - N1904 W09840 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/0730Z SFC/FL190 N1953
W09803 - N1944 W09752 - N1901 W09837 - N1903
W09839 - N1953 W09803
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/1330Z SFC/FL190 N1952
W09801 - N1943 W09750 - N1901 W09837 - N1904
W09839 - N1952 W09801
RMK: LGT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT MOV NW AND EXTDG
NEARLY 40 NM FM SUMMIT BEFORE DSIPTG. VA SEEN IN
WEB CAM AND MULTIPLE VOLCAT ALERTS. MODEL
GUIDANCE SHOWS A CONT NW-LY MOV THRU T+18 HRS.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200304/0145Z
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.