Paricutin Volcano 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. Paricutin
Volcano 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 Parangaricutiro.
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 eruption.
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.