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Did you know that the Parícutin Volcano is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world? Did you know that it is part of the Ring of Fire? Do you know what is the definition of the Ring of Fire? Discover who witnessed the first eruption and how long the eruptions continued for...

Fun Fact 1 The Parícutin Volcano is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World located in the state of Michoacán in Mexico.

Fun Fact 2 The Parícutin is a cinder cone volcano which means it is a steep conical hill of volcanic debris.

Fun Fact 3: The Parícutin Volcano is very special because humans have witnessed its activity from start to finish - when the volcano first emerged to its extinction.

Fun Fact 4: The Parícutin Volcano is part of the Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire can be described as an area of earthquake and high volcanic activity which occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

Fun Fact 5: The deep sound of earthquakes could be heard for approximately three weeks leading up to the eruption of the Parícutin Volcano in 1943.

Fun Fact 6: The Parícutin Volcano developed very quickly. It began as a small eruption of ash and stones, and quickly developed into an eruption the size of five stories in just one week.

Fun Fact 7: Within a year, the Parícutin Volcano had grown so much it reached around 336 meters, so much so that the surrounding areas became covered by its lava and people had to relocate their homes to different areas, further away from the eruption.

Fun Fact 8: The Parícutin Volcano continued to erupt for approximately eight years. During this time, its lava managed to cover areas within 9.7 square miles.

Fun Fact 9: The eruptions eventually came to an end in 1952 and the Paricutin volcano has remained silent ever since.

Fun Fact 10: This type of volcano is known as a cinder cone or monogenetic volcano. Typically, these types of volcanoes never reoccur again after their final eruptions.

Fun Fact 11: The final height achieved by the Parícutin Volcano was approximately 424 meters.

Fun Fact 12: The Parícutin Volcano began as a small eruption in a cornfield. The first people to witness its eruptions were Dionisio Pulido and his wife in February 1943.

Fun Fact 13: The Parícutin Volcano produced some violent eruptions, particularly during its final six months of activity.

Fun Fact 14: Volcanic activity is very common in Mexico, more than 1400 vents exist in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. This particular one is currently the youngest.

Fun Fact 15: The name of the Parícutin Volcano derived from the village of Parícutin where it is located.

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