Aerial view west across Pinatubo caldera showing fumaroles and crater lake. U.S. Geological Survey Photograph taken on May 18, 1992, by Willie Scott.
Pinatubo volcano eruptions
stratovolcano 1486 m / 4,875 feet
Luzon Island, Philippines, 15.13°N / 120.35°E
Eruption list: 1992, 1991 (Plinian eruption), 1450 ± 50 years, 1050 BC ± 500, 3550 BC (?), 7030 BC ± 300, 7460 BC ± 150, 15,000 BC, 33,000 BC
2009 earthquake & lahars
On 31 October 2009 a magnitude 5.0 tectonic earthquake with a depth of 79 km hit 37 km WSW of the summit of Pinatubo volcano.
Heavy monsoon rains caused by typhoon Kiko generated heavy floods in August 2009. 12 people were killed in the town of Botolan in August 2009.
2001-2004: caldera lake changes
During 2001 the caldera lake on Mt Pinatubo rose to dangerous levels and the water changed color in January 2004.
1991 Plinian eruption of Pinatubo - the 2nd largest in the 20th century
The June 15, 1991 eruption was probably the second largest explosive eruption of the 20th century, second in size only to the Katmai 1912 eruption in Alaska. It was about ten times larger than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
->Chronology of the 1991 eruption
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