Mexican Church Devoured by Lava

October 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Born in a cornfield, Paricutin’s formation was witnessed from the very beginning.
clipped from www.environmentalgraffiti.com
on February 20, 1943,
the people of the small Mexican town of Parícutin
witnessed a mountain growing out of their cornfields

Farmer in front of eruption
the birth of Parícutin, the youngest volcano in the western hemisphere and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.
Today, it is extinct and only the steeple of the small church of San Juan Parangaricutiro stands like a beacon

Church close-up
An amazing aerial view:

Aerial view
Two complete villages are still buried under all that lava:

Two villages buried
People were not that lucky in 1949 when about 1,000 villagers died during a major eruption.

Parícutin is the youngest one of more than 1,400 volcanic vents in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and North America. What is unique is that its formation was witnessed from the very beginning.

Paricutin’s location in central Mexico, close to Mexico City:

Paricutin's location
The lonely church, now surrounded by greenery:

Church surrounded by greenery
The church ruins attract many visitors:

Church and volcano
One of the spectacular Parícutin eruptions:

Paricutin eruption
Paricutin continued to spew until February 1952 when it ceased activity.
today

Paricutin today
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