Remember Mount Pinatubo? I was actually in college in Manila when it erupted on that Saturday late afternoon/evening. Where were you back in 1990's when this tragedy happened?
Well, I was fortunate enough to visit home last year, and my cousins took me out to visit the crater. I thought it was going to be a desolate place considering the damages it caused. Well, to my surprise, this is the Mount Pinatubo Crater now...
#1. "RE: Mt. Pinatubo Crater" In response to Reply # 0
I saw your post in the APIT (A Picture I Took) section of the board. Very nice. Maganda naman - tingnan mo naman ang kulay nang tubig diyan!
I was deployed overseas when Pinatubo erupted but followed most of it on the news. The resulting closure of Clark and Subic added to the economic upheaval and burden of the region during the recovery that followed. The rich soil that it laid (along with the ash and everything else) will hopefully stimulate some sort of agragrian renewal.
#2. "RE: Mt. Pinatubo Crater" In response to Reply # 1 Fri 17-Jun-11 05:43 PM by htan
Thanks for your kind comments Armando!
Yeah, some other facts I found out about the crater from the guides working there, they tried, but actually couldn't successfully measure the depth of the water. Maybe the needed some more hi-tech equipments. We took a small bangka (boat) to the other side of the crater, and where the water meets the ground it was actually boiling. I thought for a second it was just air coming out from the ground, but true enough, I got scalded when I touched that section. So, I'll venture a guess that there's still seismic activity going on underneath.
I still remember the day it erupted. I was walking home from church, when my eyes kept getting irritated (napu-puling). I thought they were just dry and ignored it. Later that night, when I was walking outside, I almost slipped because the pavement was slippery. I thought somebody was doing some construction work and spilt sand on the walkway. Well, the next day when I woke up, everything was light gray, it looked like it snowed. That's when I found out that the mountain turned into a volcano!
Two months later, Clark and Subic closed. Not sure if it was because of lease negotiations or the volcano that finally did it since they happened around the same time. But you're right, it did bring a big slump in that region's economy.
#4. "RE: Mt. Pinatubo Crater" In response to Reply # 3
Haha, hindi naman ako napasong masyado.. haha.. Yung sa kabila ng lake, mainit pa rin yung lupa at tubig, para siyang hot spring. Bumubula yung tubig, pero akala ko hangin lang. Yun pala, talagang mainit masyado yung lupa.