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Mt. Pinatubo and Typhoon Yunya

January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

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It’s a pretty bad day when you get hit by a hurricane. The high winds, the heavy rains and the destructive storm surge–it’s not really something that anyone would CHOOSE to go through. Well, on June 15, 1991, a pretty big hurricane hit the Philippine island of Luzon. That was Typhoon Yunya. Yunya’s winds were about 120 miles per hour, making it a Category 3 storm. But as it would happen, the folks who were slammed by Typhoon Yunya would probably agree that the storm was hardly the worst thing that happened to them on that day. For as bad as the wind and the rain was during the hurricane, the reason why the folks on Luzon will always remember June 15, 1991 is that’s the day that Mt. Pinatubo erupted. That’s right– on the same day that a major hurricane struck their island, the people of Luzon also had to deal with the second biggest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Were these events related? Tune it to find out!


Here is a nice meteorological overview of the two events.  There is also a discussion of ways in which Yunya influenced the spread of ash on this page.

Tags: Climate · Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones

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  • 1 Sue Green // Jan 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I was just talking with my daughter about the Blizzard of 1977 in Buffalo that I lived through, and then I went on to say “Now that I think about it, I have survived A LOT of disasters”, which brings me to the reason for leaving this comment about your article…I remember like it was yesterday going through Pinatubo’s fury. It took me two weeks to get back to Buffalo after that (thanks to Operation Fiery Vigil-and the United States Government) and it takes all I have to not cry still when I think about all of the pain and suffering so many people endured with that tragedy. I now have the honor of teaching my children about being a strong person and always thinking positive can help you overcome anything. Having gone through the 7.7 Earthquake in July of 1990, then Pinatubo/Yunya in June of 1991, with two German Sheherds and a cat in tow, it’s bittersweet memories…thanks!

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