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1991: Philippines PDF Print E-mail

1991 : PHILIPPINES

The 1991 eruption of MT. PINATUBO was one of the Earth's largest eruptions in this century, and had major impact on the Philippines and even affected global climate. The cooperative work between the USGS and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology to monitor the build-up to the eruption and to successfully recommend evacuations saved thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in property at adjacent military bases. I helped to convince military authorities to order the evacuation of personnel from Clark Air Force Base before the major devastation, and coordinated the USGS efforts during later phases of plinian activity.

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