Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS 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 06:36 UTC, 04/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/237
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 04/0621Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1931 W09817 - N1918 W09804
- N1858 W09834 - N1901 W09837 - N1931 W09817 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/1230Z SFC/FL190 N1946 W09817
- N1932 W09750 - N1858 W09834 - N1901 W09835 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/1830Z SFC/FL190 N1951
W09816 - N1936 W09749 - N1859 W09835 - N1902
W09835 - N1951 W09816
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/0030Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA EXTD UP TO 31NM NE FM THE SUMMIT. NWP MDL
INDICATES A CONTD NE MOV THRU +12HRS. ...ZHU
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200304/1230Z
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.