Ash fell on towns up to 25 kilometres away from the volcano, but no lives or properties were under immediate threat.
Angangueo and Churumuco are centers for gold mining operations, and Coalcomán and Tingambato produce substantial amounts of copper.
Residents and tourists alike also enjoy Michoacán’s festive Day of the Dead celebration and visits to the Paricutin volcano, which became active until 1943.
The primary industries in Michoacán are mining, farm products and tourism.
After destroying the Tarascans’ temples, they quarried pink stone from the surrounding mountains and built their own missions.
In 1528, a Spanish attorney named Nuño Guzman de Beltran was appointed by Spanish King Carlos V to take control of the region.