Hazardous Earth Mount Pinatubo Volcanic Eruption Case Study

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  • Mount Pinatubo
    • 1991
    • Population on slopes = 30,000
      • Overall population = 1,000,000
    • VEI of 6
    • No monitoring till 3rd April
      • Seismometers in place
    • PHICOLOCS and USGS able to accurately predict timing of eruption and its effects
      • As a result timely evacuations were made, saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars in property damage
        • 75,000 evacuates
    • 874 killed
      • 300 from collapsed roofs
      • 100 from mud flows
    • $700,000,000 in damage
    • Dams built to protects from destructive lahars that followed the eruption
    • Changed the Earths climate

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