Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03746
A gray convecting plume rises above Parícutin in October 1944. Much of the eruption column consists of ash-poor steam. The photo was taken from the north at the outskirts of the town of San Juan Parangaricutiro. Lava flows in the foreground had already buried the town; the church tower seen in many other photos of the Parícutin eruption is hidden behind the small tree at the right.
Photo by Carl Fries, 1945 (U.S. Geological Survey, published in Luhr and Simkin, 1993).