Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMS LIKLEY 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 22:22 UTC, 05/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/244
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS LIKLEY
OBS VA DTG: 05/2206Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1935 W09819 - N1922 W09801
- N1902 W09832 - N1902 W09837 - N1935 W09819 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 06/0400Z SFC/FL210 N1935 W09818
- N1923 W09800 - N1900 W09832 - N1904 W09836 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/1000Z SFC/FL210 N1929
W09810 - N1914 W09801 - N1859 W09834 - N1902
W09837 - N1929 W09810
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/1600Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA EM NOT SEEN ON STLT IMAGERY DUE TO MET
CLD OBSCURATION. HOWEVER, VA STILL EXPCD IN THE
AREA. VA HEIGHT AND FRCST BASED ON MODEL
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200306/0415Z
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.