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Spacecraft nadir point: 15.6° N, 120.2° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 198 nautical miles (367km)
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STS049-79-027 - Mount Pinatubo, Luzon, Philippine Islands

Mount Pinatubo, north of Manila, erupted violently in June 1991.
[Are you a prophet? This did say, RJune 1992.S IUm not much of
a historian. Was it 1990?] This is the first fairly [IUd put the
cloud cover at 30%. That doesnUt justify Rnearly.S] cloud-free
Shuttle photograph since the eruption. The summit area and the
extensive ash and mudflows that spread from the volcano are well
shown. Runways of Clark Air Force Base, abandoned in August
1991, [Same question.] can be seen clearly east of the volcano.
Hasselblad camera, 250-mm lens, color film.

Mt. Pinatubo on the island of Luzon (15.0N, 120.5E) erupted catastrophically in June 1991 after over 600 years of inactivity. Even in this cloudy view, the full extent of the eruption is obvious. Thick layers of ash completely surrounds the crater and the effect of mudflows in this previously heavily forested and agricultural region can be traced as ribbons flowing downhill. Clark AFB, once the crossroads of the SW Pacific can only partially be seen.