Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS VA EMS. 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 11:52 UTC, 10/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/265
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 10/1116Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1923 W09756 - N1901 W09753
- N1859 W09838 - N1902 W09838 - N1923 W09756 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 10/1730Z SFC/FL210 N1912 W09738
- N1850 W09739 - N1859 W09837 - N1902 W09837 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/2330Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09837 - N1902 W09734 - N1844 W09734 - N1858
W09838 - N1902 W09837
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/0530Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09837 - N1859 W09729 - N1840 W09730 - N1858
W09838 - N1902 W09837
RMK: VA CLD SEEN IN SAT IMAGERY MOV E EXTDG UP TO
30 NM FM SUMMIT. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS CONT E-LY
MOVG THRU T+18 HRS. ...LING
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200310/1745Z
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.