Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING 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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows:
FVXX20 at 16:07 UTC, 13/03/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/279
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 13/1556Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1923 W09907 - N1923 W09859
- N1923 W09859 - N1914 W09858 - N1917 W09905 -
N1923 W09907 MOV NW 10-15KT SFC/FL210 N1914
W09846 - N1902 W09837 - N1859 W09839 - N1905
W09853 - N1914 W09846 MOV NW 10-15KT
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/2200Z SFC/FL210 N1922 W09850
- N1902 W09836 - N1859 W09837 - N1912 W09901 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0400Z SFC/FL210 N1922
W09835 - N1901 W09837 - N1900 W09838 - N1920
W09850 - N1922 W09835
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1000Z SFC/FL210 N1923
W09843 - N1901 W09835 - N1859 W09838 - N1917
W09853 - N1923 W09843
RMK: INTERMITTENT VA PUFFS NOTED IN WEB CAM AND
IN STLT IMAGERY. MOV ALIGNS WELL WITH RADIOSONDE.
VA MOV TO NW OF SUMMIT. ...LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200313/2200Z
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.