It is still fresh in my mind, more than a decade ago when news broke about a sleeping volcano waking up in Central Luzon. A mountain called Pinatubo is suddenly showing signs of stirring after about 500 years of slumber. Actually it was the first time that I have heard of a Mount Pinatubo.
And so June of 1991, we witnessed the most destructive eruptions in recent times, considered as among the worse in the 20th century. Well from my residence in Novaliches about 50 miles away, we saw the gigantic volcanic mushroom cloud it spewed to the skies. We saw ash fall in our doorsteps. I even remember some news that the ash fall even reached as far as Hong Kong because of high winds. Its eruption buried nearby towns with ash and with the monsoon season brought down the mud deposits in the form of lahar. Also, this major disaster came after a major earthquake in July of 1990 in the city of Cabanatuan about 100km from the volcano. Pinatubo remained active for a year with minor eruptions, but with the deposit of ash from the mountaintops, lahar kept of pouring to towns below every rainy season in the early part of the 1990s making the towns around it desolate and desert like.