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Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption

On June 15, 1991, and persisting for eight hours, the second largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century, took place on Mount Pinatubo on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The largest eruption was Katmai in Alaska in 1912. Pinatubo is only fifty-five miles from the capital city, Manila. As many as eight hundred people were killed and 100,000 became homeless following the eruption. Millions of tons of sulfur dioxide were discharged into the atmosphere, causing a decrease in the surface temperature of the entire globe over the next few years.

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