Hiking an active volcano: my first-hand experience with Mount Pinatubo

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The Philippines is usually dubbed as the pearl of the orient, because of its resplendent coastlines and majestic seas, but behind that splendor, it is also the home of one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in the history of Asia – most commonly known as The Devastation of Mount Pinatubo.

The history of Mount Pinatubo

On June 12, 1991, a year before I was born, the volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo was recorded as one of the largest of the century, resulting in huge avalanches, and gas-charged magma emulsions. Years before the eruption, the volcano seemed like it was destined for an eternal slumber, showing minimal signs of volcanic activity.

Imagine how petrified I was when I finally decided to go there. What if it suddenly erupted while I was there? Well, PHIVOLCS or The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has been keeping a close eye on the Sleeping Mountain since that dreadful day, so don’t worry – it’s perfectly safe.

1_jeeps at trailhead of Mount Pinatubo

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