Paricutin: The Volcano that Rocked the World

Paricutin volcano in the distance

In the first month or so of 1943, Michoacan, Mexico was experiencing earthquakes. They weren’t terribly powerful–only registering around 3.2 on the Richter scale–but they were frequent. Residents also reported hearing thunder, even when the skies were clear. In the late afternoon of February 20, the source of the phenomena was revealed: a new volcano […]