Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)
Sunday May 24, 2020 10:45 AM | BY: VN
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:
FVXX22 at 10:32 UTC, 24/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/541
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS.
OBS VA DTG: 24/1021Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837 – N1850 W09824
– N1845 W09834 – N1901 W09838 – N1902 W09837 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/1630Z SFC/FL200 N1901 W09835
– N1848 W09822 – N1841 W09835 – N1900 W09838 –
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/2230Z SFC/FL200 N1901
W09835 – N1841 W09826 – N1838 W09838 – N1900
W09838 – N1901 W09835
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/0430Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: A NEW VA EM NOTED IN STLT AND WEB CAM
IMAGERY. VA MOV TO SE OF SUMMIT. …LEE
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200524/1630Z
Friday, May 22, 2020
The activity at the volcano remains high. An explosion occurred at 03:02 local time tonight, showering the summit cone with glowing lava bombs. An ash plume rose approx. 1,640 ft (500 m) above the summit and drifted south-southeast (VAAC Washington). …
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.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution – Popocatepetl information