Paricutin Volcano, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

Parícutin is a cinder cone volcano located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention.
Paricutín presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of an eruption of this type. During the volcano's 9 years of activity, scientists sketched and mapped it and took thousands of samples and photographs. By 1952, the eruption had left a 424meter cone and significantly damaged an area of more than 233km2 with the ejection of stone, ash and lava. Three people were killed, two towns were completely evacuated and buried by lava and three others were heavily affected. Hundreds of people had to be permanently relocated, and two new towns were created to accommodate their migration. Although the larger region still remains highly active volcanically, Parícutin is now dormant and has become a tourist attraction with people climbing the volcano and visiting the hardened lava-covered ruins of the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church. In 1997, CNN included Parícutin in its list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Parícutin is located in the Mexican municipality of Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacán, 29km west of the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. It lies on the northern flank of the Cerros de Tancítaro, which itself lies on top of an old shield volcano and extends 3170meters above sea level and 424meters above the Valley of Quitzocho-Cuiyusuru, wedged against old volcanic mountain chains and surrounded by small volcanic cones with the intervening valleys occupied by small fields and orchards or small settlements, from groups of a few houses to those the size of towns.
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  • It was wonderful experience to visit one of 7 natural wonders of the world. United had direct flight from Houston to Morelia. I stayed in Best western, Morelia and it was wonderful Hotel. Driver picke...  more »
  • We (my wife and me) took a bus from Mexico City Observatorio to Uruapán, slept there over and took the next morning early the bus to Angahuan (around 45 min.). There we found a very knowlegdable and e...  more »
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