Wednesday, February 20, 2008

On This Day

On this day in 1943, a fissure opened in a cornfield owned by Dionisio Pulido near the Mexican town of Paricutín. That fissure quickly grew into a volcano; and within a year, that volcano was over 1100 feet tall. Eruptions continued until 1952. Despite the fact that it destroyed Pulido's cornfield and the town of Paricutín, with lava flows eventually covering 10 square miles, nobody was killed in the eruption. The volcano has been silent since 1952, and vulcanologists believe that it is permanently extinct.

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