A strong eruption took place at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico at 15:40 UTC (10:40 local time) on June 14, 2019.
The volcanic ash cloud rose to an estimated height of 9.8 km (32 000 feet) above sea level, according to data provided by the Washington VAAC.
In 24 hours to 16:00 UTC on June 14, monitoring systems registered 115 exhalations, accompanied by water vapor, gas and light amounts of ash.
There were also three explosions, the first was recorded 18:22 LT on June 13, the other two were recorded 04:03 and 08:54 LT on June 14. Additionally, a volcanotectonic earthquake was recorded at 20:40 LT on June 13, with a magnitude of 1.9 and 27 minutes of tremor.
La columna eruptiva del volcán #Popocatépetl producto de la actividad de esta mañana se ha desplazado al este-noreste, cruzando la ciudad de #Puebla y generando caída de ceniza.— SkyAlert Storm (@SkyAlertStorm) June 14, 2019
⚡️Esta tarde se esperan fuertes tormentas en la zona, se recomienda limpiar techos y calles. pic.twitter.com/6qwLH6dvtQ
Esta mañana el volcán Popocatépetl #DonGoyo registró una explosión a las 10:40 y generó una columna de una altura aproximada de 5 mil metros de altura con contenido moderado de ceniza.El semáforo de #AlertaVolcánica permanece en #AmarilloFase2 (@garzaec) pic.twitter.com/CPXKI8O5up— LupitaJuarez (@LupitaJuarezH) June 14, 2019
El #volcán #Popocatépetl presentó una #explosión que generó una columna eruptiva con contenido de ceniza, a las 10:41 horas de hoy, reportó la #CoordinaciónGeneral de #ProtecciónCivil del #Estado de #Puebla. pic.twitter.com/O145Imj4DN— Resonanciainforma (@Resonanciaok) June 14, 2019
Así cubre la ceniza volcánica los patios de instituciones educativas de la zona 005 en Cuautlancingo #Puebla.— Webcams de México (@webcamsdemexico) June 14, 2019
El semáforo de alerta volcánica del #Popocatépetl continúa en #AmarilloFase2.
Gracias a nuestros amigos de Cinco Radio.@JavierLopezDiaz pic.twitter.com/MzcsWmgL2v
En San Nicolás de los Ranchos #Puebla, habitantes señalan que además de ceniza, el volcán #Popocatepetl arrojó gravilla tras la fumarola registrada esta mañana #Red5Radio @webcamsdemexico pic.twitter.com/guXX9ssJd6— Cinco Radio (@JavierLopezDiaz) June 14, 2019
Intense degassing was observed during an overflight on June 11. However, the flight confirmed that a dome has not been formed inside the internal crater, which maintains its dimension of 350 m (1 148 feet).
After a series of strong eruptions, CENAPRED raised the Alert Level to Yellow, Phase Three (the middle level on a three-color scale) on March 28 and lowered it back to Yellow, Phase Two on May 7 where it remains to date.
Volcán Popocatépetl, whose name is the Aztec word for smoking mountain, rises 70 km (44 miles) SE of Mexico City to form North America's 2nd-highest volcano. The glacier-clad stratovolcano contains a steep-walled, 400 x 600 m (1 312 x 1 968 feet) wide 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 to the south. The modern volcano was constructed south of the late-Pleistocene to Holocene El Fraile cone.
Three major plinian eruptions, the most recent of which took place about 800 CE, 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. (GVP)
Featured image: Eruption of Popocatepetl on June 14, 2019