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This was the day before the night I thought I was going to die,drinking 1.5 bottle's of barcardi rum in a
bar lit by candle light with staff asking are we going to die, was I scared, you had better believe it.

In the twentieth century, this (1991) eruption was second in size only to an eruption in Katmai, Alaska, in 1912. Ten times larger than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, Pinatubo's eruption threatened the lives of a million people. A giant ash cloud rose 35 kilometers into the sky and hot blasts seared the countryside, but a more serious disaster was averted by timely, accurate warnings. Philippine authorities were able to evacuate 60,000 people from the slopes and valleys, and the American military evacuated 18,000 personnel and their dependents from Clark Air Base below the mountain -- thus saving many thousands of lives and an estimated billion dollars in property and making this the most successful case of volcanic hazards mitigation in history.

Taken with a canon sureshot and print scanned on my new canon printer/scanner,would love to have had my
now trusty Sony F707 for a bit of quality in the shot
but the old canon was all I had back then.

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Additional Photos by Ian Sharp (Wirraway) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 0 N: 336] (1985)
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