Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONT 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 and is moving at 10 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 04:58 UTC, 13/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/277
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: CONT VA EMS
OBS VA DTG: 13/0430Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1910 W09939 - N1904 W09837
- N1853 W09938 - N1910 W09939 MOV W 10KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/1030Z SFC/FL200 N1910 W09940
- N1904 W09837 - N1852 W09938 - N1910 W09940
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/1630Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/2230Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: CONT VA EMS OBS MOV W IN STLT IMAGERY. VA
FCST TO CONT W MOV THRU T+6HRS BEFORE DISP.
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200313/1100Z
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.