Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT VA EMS to 22000 ft (6700 m)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 and is moving at 10-15 kts in SE direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 06:40 UTC, 12/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/273
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. NWP
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 12/0610Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1902 W09838 - N1825 W09827
- N1822 W09840 - N1902 W09838 MOV SE 10-15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 12/1200Z SFC/FL220 N1904 W09838
- N1747 W09806 - N1742 W09835 - N1904 W09838
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 12/1800Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/0000Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS MOV S TO SSE IN STLT
IMAGERY. VA FCST TO CONT S TO SSE MOV THRU
T+12HRS BEFORE DISP. ...
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200312/1245Z
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.