Buried in lava

Parícutin is a volcano located in the Mexican state of Michoacán that emerged suddenly from a cornfield in 1943. The volcano was active over the following 9 years and the lava from the volcano buried the nearby town of Parícutin, once home to 733 people. All that remains of the town today is the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church, the tower of which can be seen rising above the volcanic rock in the photo below. The volcano, now dormant, and the ruins of the church, have become a tourist attraction which offers guided tours or the option to visit independently and climb the volcano.

Remains of the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church, surrounded by the volcanic rock from Parícutin.

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