The church that survived the world’s youngest volcano

We take you to the Mexican town of San Juan Parangaricutiro, which was almost entirely submerged in lava when the Western Hemisphere’s youngest volcano erupted in 1943.


The town was evacuated and left abandoned for nearly half a century.

Today, the site is becoming a popular tourist attraction, as visitors take in the other-worldly landscape of the church and buildings half-buried in the lava flow. Visitors can walk on top of the lava and all the way up to the buried site.

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Alasdair Baverstock MA is an award-winning multimedia foreign correspondent based in Mexico City, with more than five years of experience covering Latin America. Originally from London, and with full NCTJ certification, he specialises in news and feature journalism for print, radio and television. His work has previously been used as set-texts in British A-Level examinations. He currently works as CGTN America's Mexico correspondent, and has formerly published work in TIME Magazine, Daily Mail, The Atlantic, Penthouse, Fox News, BBC, Daily Telegraph, TRT World, and others.


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