Mount Pinatubo, Luzon Island, Philippines
Unlike the largest eruption of the twentieth century (at Katmai),
the second largest at Pinatubo was in a densely populated
However, constant monitoring and decisive predictions prevented
a massive loss of life.
Over 100,000 people were evacuated before the climactic eruption
of June 15th 1991.
Lahars continued to be a problem to local inhabitants more
than 5 years after the event.
Numerous links to the eruption can be had at the
Cascade Volcano Observatory site.
The stamps shown below were intended to provide relief to
those affected by the eruption.
They were issued November 16th, 1992.
In greater detail, the first stamp below shows devastation
caused by a lahar (mudflow)
The second stamp shows excavation of volcanic ash
The third stamp shows the volcano at the height of the eruption.
The fourth stamp shows cattle attempting to forage for food.
The fifth stamp shows a view of an evacuation camp
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