Photographer's Note

After approx. 450 years of silence, Mt. Pinatubo erupted in June of 1991 ejecting billions of tons of magma and ashes onto the surface and producing this large crater with a dimension of ca. 200 by 300 meter diameters (see also Workshop for satellite imagery). The crater is now filled with water creating this crater lake similar to that of the Taal Volcano South of Luzon. This region is home to the local race of the Aetas and used to be where the largest American military bases outside of USA was located, the Clarke and Subic bases.

The crater is an hour off-road ride and a two-hour slow trek over the lahar-covered landscape from the town of Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac Province.

This photo of the southwestern side of the crater was taken approximately 2 meters above the lake surface. I was lucky to have this sunlight upon arrival, cloud cover over the crater area is usually dense.

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Additional Photos by Alex Magallona (maglex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 475 W: 86 N: 264] (1980)
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