Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EM OBS IN STLT. to 25000 ft (7600 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 25000 ft (7600 m) altitude or flight level 250 and is moving at 5-10 kts in NE direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 20:47 UTC, 10/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/267
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBS IN STLT.
OBS VA DTG: 10/2030Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1909 W09829 - N1901 W09827
- N1900 W09837 - N1901 W09839 - N1906 W09838 -
N1909 W09829 MOV NE 5-10KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/0230Z SFC/FL250 N1915 W09823
- N1902 W09820 - N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09839 -
N1906 W09838 - N1915 W09823
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/0830Z SFC/FL250 N1906
W09820 - N1853 W09822 - N1900 W09838 - N1903
W09838 - N1906 W09820
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/1430Z SFC/FL250 N1902
W09837 - N1901 W09821 - N1852 W09822 - N1901
W09837 - N1902 W09837
RMK: PTNLY HVY VA EM OBS IN STLT MOV PRIMLY ENE
OF SUMMIT. WINDS FCST TO ACLT AND TURN TO SE.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200311/0245Z
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.