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Mexican church survives EIGHT YEARS of volcanic eruptions while surrounding town destroyed

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/7/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Some attribute phenomenon as either 'Act of God' or superior engineering

In the small Mexican village of San Juan Parangaricutiro is completely buried under lava -- save for its church. The volcano in question, Volcán de Parícutin, erupted for eight straight years beginning in 1943. Is it an Act of God . or just superior engineering on the side of the church's structure?

The haunting images show a stark contrast between the barren ground and the holy building.

The haunting images show a stark contrast between the barren ground and the holy building.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/7/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: San Juan Parangaricutiro, volcanic eruption, Mexico, church


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The town was completely blanketed after the initial eruption of Volcán de Parícutin in 1943. For the next eight years, lava flowed freely, burying the town under several feet of volcanic rock. The church survived unscathed.

A church is all that remains in the small village of San Juan Parangaricutiro in the state of Michoa

A church is all that remains in the small village of San Juan Parangaricutiro in the state of Michoacán in Mexico.


The volcanic eruption was particularly unique as its entire evolution was observed and studied. Researchers also consider this volcano and the adjacent lava-covered village, to be one of the natural wonders of the world.

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Following the eruption of the Volcán de Parícutin in 1943, the entire town was blanketed by lava.

Following the eruption of the Volcán de Parícutin in 1943, the entire town was blanketed by lava.


Under the church, houses and other buildings remain buried. No residents were injured during the extended eruption.

The entire village remains buried, despite the sole structure rising above the vast barren landscape

The entire village remains buried, despite the sole structure rising above the vast barren landscape.


While some like to believe that its ability to withstand the lava was an act of Heavenly Intervention, the solid slabs used to build the structure have also been credited.

Though some may prefer to think of it as an act of God, the church

Though some may prefer to think of it as an act of God, the church's solid slabs are believed to be responsible for its stability.


The haunting images show a stark contrast between the barren ground and the holy building.

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