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    Posted March 2, 2012 by
    Zambales, Philippines
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    The Challenge and Beauty of Mt. Pinatubo


    It was 20 years ago when Mt. Pinatubo erupted on June 15, 1991. Mt. Pinatubo eruption was the second largest eruption of the 20th century - the largest eruption to affect a densely populated area.

    The eruption forced the evacuation of more than 50 thousand people. American Bases - Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base were shut down. Several villages were buried due to mudflows. About 20,000 indigenous Aetas who lived on the slopes of the volcano were completely displaced.

    When the eruptions ended, the Mt. Pinatubo Crater was formed. It gave rise to one of the most beautiful nature destinations in the Philippines. Its blue-green calm water, and its white volcanic sands are absolutely magnificent.

    Mt. Pinatubo Crater is now a popular attraction for tourists and backpackers. It is a great destination for trekking and camping.

    An hour of very rough ride in a 4x4 car and two hours of trekking the rocky mountains of Mt. Pinatubo with a group of friends and colleagues was one of the most exciting adventures I’ve had.

    To witness the beauty of Mt. Pinatubo crater is indeed a challenging, yet awesome adventure.

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