One of the seven natural wonders of the world, Mt. Paricutin is a volcano that grew 1,000 feet in 10 weeks, burying the entire village of Paricutin under its lava. One billion tons of lava poured out of the volcano during its lifetime at an approximate speed of 100 feet per hour. It is the only volcano in the world that has been studied from its birth until its extinction nine years later.
The ash cloud from the volcano rose 8 kilometers into the air and fell to the streets of Mexico 186 miles east of the volcano. Though no one was killed by Mt. Paricutin, three people were deceased due to lightning strikes associated the volcano. Around 4,000 farm animals and 500 horses were killed by the volcano. It is monogenetic, which means that it has a short lifespan before it becomes dormant. It is the youngest of over 1000 volcanoes in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.
The most violent activity in the volcano occurred in February 1952. The volcano became dormant after 1952 and has not erupted since. Accumulations around the volcanic vent gave it a deep cone-shaped appearance. Mt. Paricutin stands at a height of 9,187 feet, as of 2015, and is a cinder cone volcano, the most common type of volcano on Earth.