THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: PARÍCUTIN VOLCANO FORMS IN MEXICAN CORNFIELD (1943)

Parícutin Volcano Forms in Mexican Cornfield (1943)

In one of the most spectacular eruptions of modern times, Parícutin burst forth from a cornfield in the Mexican state of Michoacán 1943 and grew on and off until 1952, when the eruptions finally ceased. During that time, it spewed forth over a billion tons of lava and buried the town of San Juan Parangaricutiro and the village of Parícutin, whence its name. Parícutin’s formation gave scientists a rare opportunity to observe volcanic growth. When do experts expect Parícutin to next erupt? More… Discuss

 

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