Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS. 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 05:07 UTC, 05/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/241
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 05/0451Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N2001 W09731 - N1932 W09713
- N1858 W09833 - N1906 W09837 - N2001 W09731 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/1100Z SFC/FL200 N1952 W09726
- N1922 W09709 - N1858 W09835 - N1902 W09837 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/1700Z SFC/FL200 N1934
W09741 - N1916 W09734 - N1858 W09836 - N1902
W09840 - N1934 W09741
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/2300Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: INTERMITTENT VA EMS NOTED IN IR STLT AND WEB
CAM IMAGARY. VA MOV TO NE OF SUMMIT TO ABOUT
60-70 NM DOWNWIND. ...LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200305/1100Z
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.