What Are Some Facts About the Paricutin Volcano?

Facts about the Paricutin volcano are that its formation occurred between 1942 and 1952 and that it is a scoria-cone volcano located in the Mexican state of Michoacan. The Paricutin volcano grew 164 feet in one day following its initial eruption. Lava flows emerged from the volcano five days after its eruption and within a week it had grown to 500 feet in elevation.

The Paricutin volcano emerged from a cornfield belonging to a farmer named Dionisio Pulido. The eruption was the first opportunity for modern science to study the formation of this type of volcano. By 1952, the Paricutin volcano had created a 424-meter high cone and caused significant damage to 233 square kilometers. The eruption covered two towns in lava flows and resulted in three deaths.

The Paricutin volcano lies on the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Paricutin's volcanic activity created fertile soils that produced some of Mexico’s most productive farmland. As of 2015, Paricutin is the youngest of the approximately 1,400 volcanic vents that make up the Michoacan-Guanajuato volcanic field. In 1997 there was a swarm of 230 earthquakes in the Paricutin area caused by tectonic movement. Another volcanic swarm of earthquakes occurred in 2006, with over 300 taking place in the area of Paricutin.