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is located in the Mexican states of Michoacan. Its sudden eruption in
the middle of the 20th century forced several hundred flee the area.
Additionally flowing lava from the Paricutin Volcano covered nearby
cities, thus preserving them.
is a very young volcano that was born in 1943. Local peasant
Dionisio Puli reported strange noises from underneath the ground on
February 5th then he worked in his cornfields. This was followed by
rumble and quakes. Paricutin volcano started erupting suddenly on
February 20, 1943. The next day Dionisio with his wife, son and
neighbor discovered a 10 meter high cone of a new volcano.
Very quickly the land of Dionisio Puli lost all its value and began
to disappear under tons of ash and lava. In the first year Paricutin
Volcano grew to 336 meters (1100 feet) burying the villages of
Paricutin and San Juan
In the next 8 years of eruption of Paricutin volcano, lava spread over 25
sq km (16 sq mi) forcing local residents to flee the region.
Paricutin Volcano reached its height of 424 meters (1390 feet) and
stopped in 1952. The Paricutin is a monogenic
volcano which means that it is probably will not erupt again. People
moved from the region leaving ghost towns. No deaths were attributed
to either lava or gases that were emitted in the process of
The most famous landmark
near Paricutin Volcano itself is the church of San Juan
Parangaricutiro. Don't confuse this with Nueva (or "New") San Juan.
The new city was moved after the eruption. But the original San Juan
is still visible by the beautiful Spanish church that is partially
buried by the lava from Paricutin Volcano.