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Paricutin Volcano

Paricutin Volcano





History of Paricutin Volcano

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.








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