Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS LGT 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 01:27 UTC, 09/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/258
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS LGT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 09/0051Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09838 - N1903 W09753
- N1847 W09755 - N1855 W09838 - N1904 W09838 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/0700Z SFC/FL200 N1910 W09749
- N1855 W09748 - N1856 W09840 - N1905 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/1300Z SFC/FL200 N1922
W09745 - N1902 W09745 - N1855 W09837 - N1902
W09838 - N1922 W09745
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/1900Z SFC/FL200 N1922
W09744 - N1902 W09743 - N1856 W09837 - N1903
W09837 - N1922 W09744
RMK: LGT VA CLD SEEN IN SAT IMAGERY MOV E EXTDG
UP TO 20 NM FM SUMMIT. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS CONT
E-NE-LY MOVG THRU T+18 HRS. ...LING
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200309/0730Z
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.