PHOTOS: Remembering the 1991 Mount Pinatubo Eruption

Where were you 25 years ago?


Mt. Pinatubo, June 15, 1991. Filipino photojournalist Alberto Garcia captures on film what would later be considered as one of the greatest images of our lifetime.


( Twenty-five years ago, the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century took place in Central Luzon in the Philippines. The culprit? It was Mount Pinatubo, an active stratovolcano straddling the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga.

"No one was watching [it]," Erik Klemetti of Wired wrote. That was until the volcano's week-long activity, which led to an eruption that lasted for nine hours on June 15, 1991. What used to be hiding in plain sight killed 800 people, rendered 10,000 residents homeless, and damaged towns that eventually became uninhabitable. The eruption caused temperatures to drop for the next five years. Even Metro Manila residents would remember how, on that fateful day, white ash fell from the sky as if it were snowing in the Philippines.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Pinatubo eruption, one of the natural calamities that shook not only our history but also our outlook in terms of disaster preparedness. Do you remember what you were doing in those days in 1991?




PHOTO BY T. J. Casadevall, U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia Commons
T. J. Casadevall, U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia Commons
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