- Alfredo de la Cruz
- Paricutin Volcano: One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World!
In 1997, CNN released a "Seven Natural Wonders of the World" list, which includes the volcano in Mexico as an important geological phenomenon. To the present day, the area of the Paricutin is an important tourist destination in central Mexico.
As of February 20th 1943, the quiet green cornfields turned hot as Dionisio Pulido (the farmer) saw the smoke coming out of the ground. One month later, the ash rain was so hard in the area that destroyed homes & fields reaching over 300 kilometers around the crater. Thanks to scientists camping there, we know that the volcano was having activity for 9 years, 10 months, 11 days and 6 hours!
Years later when the area was finally evacuated for safety, many Mexican artists and photographers were there back to 1950s to witness the eruptions; one of them was famous muralist Diego Rivera.
In 1952, the eruption ended and Parícutin went quiet, attaining a final height of 424 meters (1,391.08 ft) above the cornfield from which it was born. No matter this last, looking to the volcano from Angahuan (the nearby Indian village) people can actually watch steam sulfur coming out of the volcanic rocks in the rain meaning, it´s still active underground!