Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03751
The steeple of the church of San Juan Parangaricutiro projects above surrounding lava fields in the center of the photo as seen from a viewpoint NE of the church. The still-unfinished church was overrun by lava in July 1944, a month after flows began advancing into the town. The unvegetated, steeper-sided viscous lava flows in the background were erupted later during 1944-46.
Photo by Jim Luhr, 1982 (Smithsonian Institution).