The miracle of San Juan Parangaricutiro: The tragically beautiful story of this church ruin in Mexico


It was February 20, 1943 when the gate to hell opened near the small town of San Juan Parangaricutiro in the Mexican state of Michoacán. Suddenly the earth tears up under a corn field and smoke rises. A little later there is an explosion, and rock pushes out of the gap to the surface of the earth. What must act like the Last Judgment to eyewitnesses is in fact the birth of the Paricutín volcano.