Microsoft today posted a video of National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez’s latest trip to Mexico. The entire video was shot in 4K using Lumia 930 device. He uses his Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to capture a landscape and culture shaped by explosive geological forces on a journey through Mexico’s Ring of Fire to Paricutin volcano – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
In 1943 on the central plain of Mexico an extraordinary thing happened in Don Pulido’s corn field. Instead of corn a volcano sprouted. It began with rumbling and earthquakes, then plumes of ash and lava. In the course of a week the volcano had grown to 5 stories tall and consumed the field. By the time the eruption ended nine years later the volcano was 336 meters. The molten rock from the ensuing lava flows consumed the nearby town leaving nothing but the church tower standing above the scene of primordial devastation.
It was an incredible event and the cinder cone and church steeple still bear witness to the awesome destruction.
Check out some of the incredible photos he took during his journey here.