Mount Pinatubo is a volcano located in the Philippine island of Luzon. The volcano had been dormant for almost 500 years when it suddenly erupted in 1991. The event was identified as the second most destructive volcanic eruption to date.
After more than 20 years, areas affected by the eruption has progressed and moved on. The tourism industry, in particular, has been a great help in the redemption of the area. Mt Pinatubo is now a major tourist destination.
Mount Pinatubo is one of a chain of composite volcanoes that constitute the Luzon volcanic arc. The arc parallels the west coast of Luzon and reflects eastward-dipping subduction along the Manila trench to the west. Mount Pinatubo is among the highest peaks in west-central Luzon.
The human impact of the disaster are staggering. In addition to 800 people were killed, 100,000 became homeless following the Mount Pinatubo eruption, which climaxed with nine hours of eruption on June 15, 1991. There was almost one half of a billion dollars in property and economic damage. The economy of central Luzon in the Philippines was horribly disrupted.