Volcanic ash plume from Popocatépetl in central Mexico

April 18th, 2012 |
GOES-15 (left), GOES-12 (center), and GOES-13 (right) visible channel images (click image to play animation)

GOES-15 (left), GOES-12 (center), and GOES-13 (right) visible channel images (click image to play animation)

A small volcanic ash plume from Popocatépetl in central Mexico was seen streaming east-southeastward on GOES-15 (GOES-West), GOES-12, and GOES-13 (GOES-East) visible channel images (above; click image to play animation) during the early morning hours on 18 April 2012. Satellite imagery over this particular region is available every 15 minutes on a routine basis from GOES-13, but only every 30 minutes from GOES-15 and every 3 hours from GOES-12.

According to the advisory issued by the Washington VAAC (below), the volcanic ash was extending upward to an altitude of around 23,000 feet.

Washington VAAC advisory

Washington VAAC advisory

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