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Paricutin volcano

  • The Paricutin eruption took place between February 1943 and February 1952.
  • The Paricutin volcano grew out of a cornfield.
  • The worst of Paricutin's volcanic activity, took place in 1943, with its lava rising to about 50 feet below the crater's rim.
  • The Paricutin volcano now stands at exactly 1,345 feet above the ground and 9,210 feet above sea level.
  • It hardened lava is covers about 10 square miles, its volcanic sand (unconsolidated fragments of volcanic material) covers about 20 square miles
  • The type of eruption which happened at Paricutin is called a Strombolian eruption, which means it gushed basaltic lava, and exploded from a single vent.
  • Nearly 1000 people died following one of its last major eruptions in 1949.
  • Paricutin is situated about 200 miles west of Mexico City, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.
  • Ashes from the volcano fell as far as Mexico City.
  • The Paricutin is part of the Volcanic Axis, a.k.a., "The Transversal", a 700 mile line of volcanoes that extends across southern Mexico in an east-west direction.
  • It is the only one of several hundred cones in the area to have erupted in historic times.
  • The Paricutin is a Monogenetic cone, meaning it stems from a single point of eruption.
  • The man who first Witnessed the eruption in 1943, was Dominic Pulido, a Tarascan Indian farmer.
  • "Flaco" is a fictitious composite character, created to facilitate the telling of the story.
  • Paricutin is named after a small Tarascan Indian village.
  • A cinder cone volcano
  • Official height varies reported as 9,101 feet (2,774 meters) or 10,397 feet (3,000 meters)
  • Last erupted in 1952
  • Youngest in America and birth witnessed by a human


Paricutin is a cinder cone volcano in Michoacan, Mexico.  Paricutin was named one of the seven natural wonders as an active volcano.  The volcano has been dormant since the last eruption in 1952.  It was established as a natural wonder because mankind witnessed its birth.  The volcano was also fast growing reaching three-fourths of its size within the first year. Parícutin (or Volcan de Parícutin, also accented Paricutín) is a cinder cone volcano in the Mexican state of Michoacan, close to a lava-covered village of the same name. It appears on many versions of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Paricutín is part of the Michoacan-Guanajuato Volcanic Field, which covers much of west central Mexico.

Best Ways to See Paricutin

The best ways to see Paricutin is to take the 12 mile round trip journey to the top of the volcano.  This can be accomplished through a strenuous hike or by horseback. 

The journey will let you see Paricutin from a variety of views.


The volcano began as a fissure in a cornfield owned by a P'urhepecha farmer, Dionisio Pulido, on February 20, 1943. Pulido, his wife, and their son all witnessed the initial eruption of ash and stones first-hand as they ploughed the field. The volcano grew quickly, reaching five stories tall in just a week, and it could be seen from afar in a month. Much of the volcano's growth occurred during its first year, while it was still in the explosive pyroclastic phase. The nearby villages Paricutín (after which the volcano was named) and San Juan Parangaricutiro were both buried in lava and ash; the residents relocated to vacant land nearby.
At the end of this phase, after roughly one year, the volcano had grown 336 meters (1,100 ft) tall. For the next eight years the volcano would continue erupting, although this was dominated by relatively quiet eruptions of lava that would scorch the surrounding 25 km² (9.7 mi²) of land. The volcano's activity would slowly decline during this period until the last six months of the eruption, during which violent and explosive activity was frequent. In 1952 the eruption ended and Parícutin went quiet, attaining a final height of 424 meters (1,391 ft) from the cornfield where it began. The volcano has been quiet since. Like most cinder cones, Parícutin is believed to be a monogenetic volcano, which means that once it has finished erupting, it will never erupt again. Any new eruptions in a monogenetic volcanic field erupt in a new location.
Volcanism is a common part of the Mexican landscape. Parícutin is merely the youngest of more than 1,400 volcanic vents that exist in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and North America. The volcano is unique in the fact that its formation was witnessed from its very inception. Three people died as a result of lightning strikes caused by the eruptions, but no deaths were attributed to the lava or asphyxiation.
Shots of the volcano during its active phase were included in 20th Century Fox's film Captain from Castile, released in 1947.