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When Dinonisio Pulido
woke up on the morning of February 20th in 1943, he probably had no
idea what kind of adventurous experiences life would have for him
that day. Dinonisio lived in a small village named Paricutin, about
200 miles away from Mexico City, Mexico, and he made an honest
living as a cornfield farmer. Right in his own backyard that day,
Dinonisio witnessed the birth of a real volcano that would
eventually be named Paricutin. For Pulido and the people that were
with him that day, they had no clue that they would go in the
history books as being the first humans to experience a volcano
birth in the twentieth century.
It had started as an ordinary day, and
Dinonsio was out in his fields minding his corn. Out of nowhere, he
noticed odd occurrences. Initially it started out as the ground
trembling, and he could see the trees shaking as well. Thunder and
lightening were not far behind, and Dinonsio thought a hurricane,
tornado, or even an earthquake was about to strike devastation on
his livelihood. Then out of nowhere, a crack occurred in the center
of the cornfield, and Dinonisio remembers seeing smoke and something
that looked like grayish ashes and fine dust rising out of the crack
in the center of his field. Suddenly he smelled sulphur and in
moments, the ground that he was standing on had risen 2 or 2 ½
meters and by the time the volcano was finished, lava had covered a
10 square miles radius.
Miraculously, no one was killed from
the eruption itself. However three deaths were incurred that day
from lightening strikes. One year later, the volcano was still
going, and in fact, the flow of lava looked as if it was even
speeding up. Little did the people of Paricutin know what lay ahead
The birth of Paricutin lasted a total
of nine years, between 1943 and 1952. In total, 1.3 kilometers of
lava had covered the entire city of Paricutin. Paricutin is the most
current volcano that exists in the Western Hemisphere. It currently
has dimensions of 2,808 meters above sea level, an equivalence of
9,213 feet. It encompasses 410 meters above its base, and its scoria
cone measures 424 meters wide. The bombs from the volcano had blown
as far as 1,000 feet.
In 1952, the Paricutin volcanic
activity came to a halt and it has rested quietly since with no
further eruptions. By the time Paricutin had stopped growing, 290
feet were the dimensions of the cinder cone, and approximately .7
kilos of tephra had accumulated. When its eruption was complete, 100
square miles were covered in ashes.
Due to its duration, dimensions, and
massive lava and ash coverage, Paricutin is one of today’s Seven
Wonders of the world and people come from all over the world to view
Paricutin, and what is left of the devastation it caused.
Interesting Facts About Paricutin:
At its worst
recorded activity, the lava from Paricutin rose approximately
fifty feet below the rim of the volcano crater.
stands 1,345 feet above ground, and 9,210 feet above sea level.
The hardened lava
from Paricutin covers an area of 10 square miles, and the
volcano sand (fragments of volcano material) covers an area of
20 square miles.
The eruption of
Paricutin is referred to as a Strombolian eruption, meaning that
basaltic lava simply gushed out, and exploded out of one single
vent in the crater, rather than several as is the case with some
The city of
Paricutin is located 200 miles West of Mexico City. Ashes from
Paricutin reached distances as far away as Mexico City.
Paricutin is part
of what geologists refer to as the “Volcanic Axis”. This is a
geological area that covers a 700 mile line of volcanoes
extending through the South of Mexico in an East-West
There are actually
several hundred cones of volcanoes in the Mexico area, but
Paricutin is the only one known to have erupted.
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