Image of the Week: 26th Anniversary of Mt. Pinatubo Eruption

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Landsat helps scientists monitor land change on Mt. Pinatubo, 26 years after the eruption.


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Location Taken: Luzon, PH


Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines,
had likely been dormant for

hundreds of year. But on June 15th,
1991, the volcano erupted explosively.

It was one of the largest volcanic
eruptions of the 20th century.

Today, 26 years later,
the volcano is relatively quiet,

and the mountain is about 200 meters
shorter than it was before the eruption.

This series of Landsat images shows
the mountain, just a few months after

the eruption, through today.
The volcano left surface scars from

fast-moving floods of volcanic ash and
water which are visible as pink

stretches streaming away from
the mountain top.

Landsat helps scientists monitor
changes on the mountain side,

that can’t be seen from the ground.
Information on how the land is

changing is important to the
people living near-by.