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 19:38 UTC, 11/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/271
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 11/1910Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09837 - N1841 W09750
- N1831 W09803 - N1901 W09838 - N1901 W09837 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 12/0100Z SFC/FL200 N1901 W09836
- N1834 W09756 - N1825 W09823 - N1900 W09840 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 12/0700Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 12/1300Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: VA IS CURRENTLY NOT OBS IN STLT IMAGERY DUE
TO WX CLDS. VA EM CAN BE SEEN ON WEB CAM. VA IS
DRAWN BASED ON PREVIOUS VAA AND D NWP MDL WND.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200312/0130Z
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.