||2001 News Releases
Pinatubo: 10 Years After the Big One
June 15, 2001
On June 15, 1991, Mt. Pinatubo blew its top in one of the most
violent volcanic events of the century. Residents of island
of Luzon in the Philippines continue to live with the effects
of this massive eruption that dumped tons of debris on the
volcano's flanks. During monsoon rains, this debris can be
turned into rivers, or lahars, of corrosive ash that strip the
land of vegetation and harden into concrete-like structures.
Images using data from NASA's airborne imaging radar
instrument AIRSAR show the volcano's western side where most
of these pyroclastic flows occurred and how the landscape has
changed between 1996 and 2000.
They are available at
AIRSAR flies aboard a NASA DC-8 based at NASA's Dryden Flight
Research Center, Edwards, Calif. Built, managed and operated
by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.,
AIRSAR is part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise program.
More information about AIRSAR is available at
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