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This spectacular nighttime time-exposure of Mexico's Paricutin volcano in 1948 shows strombolian ejection of incandescent blocks and their trails as they roll down the slopes of the cone. ParĂ­cutin is renowned as the volcano that was born in a cornfield in 1943. It grew to a height of more than 150 m within the first week of its appearance, and remained active until 1952.

Type/Process: Pyroclastic Fall
Volcanic Status: Historical
Image Number: 037-052
Photographer: Carl Fries, 1948 (U.S. Geological Survey)
Summit Elevation: 3860 meters
Latitude/Longitude: 19.48 N / 102.25 W
Timeframe: Last known eruption 1900-1963
Region: Mexico and Central America


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