Paricutín (Michoacán-Guanajuato) vulcano
Cinder cones 3860 m / 12,664 ft
West-Central Mexico, 19.49°N / -102.25°W
Stato attuale: normal or dormant (1 di 5)
Paricutín is one of the few volcanoes whose birth has been witnessed by man. It literally grew over a corn-field during 1943-52!Stile eruttivo tipico
The widespread Michoacán-Guanajuato volcanic field contains over 1400 vents, including the historically active cinder cones of Parícutin and Jorullo, covering a 200 x 250 km wide area of Michoacán and Guanajuato states in west-central México. Cinder cones are the predominant volcanic form, but small shield volcanoes, lava domes, maars and tuff rings (many in the Valle de Santiago area), and coneless lava flows are also present.
: Strombolian, monogenetic cinder-cone forming eruptionsEruzioni del vulcano Paricutín (Michoacán-Guanajuato)
: 1759-74 (Jorullo), 1943-52 (Paricutín)
radiocarbon- or archeology dated:
1050 ± 50 years (?, Valle de Santiago), 1880 BC ± 150 years (Cerro el Jabali), ca. 2050 BC (Valle de Santiago, La Alberca), 2750 BC ± 200 years (Cerro el Metate), 6480 BC ± 300 years (Cerro la Taza), 7350 BC ± 300 years (Hoyo el Huanillo)
Latest nearby earthquakes
Non terremoti recenti
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The shield volcanoes are mostly Pleistocene in age, and have morphologies similar to small Icelandic-type shield volcanoes, although the Michoacán-Guanajuato shields have higher slope angles and smaller basal diameters. Jorullo, which was constructed in the 18th century, and Parícutin are the two best known of the roughly 1000 small volcanic centers scattered throughout the volcanic field.