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After bringing tragedy, lahar makes money

THE SAND that buried lives and property during the Mt. Pinatubo disaster years 1991-1997 is now Pampanga’s “white gold.” TONETTE T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Lahar, the volcanic material disgorged by Mt. Pinatubo on June 15, 1991, and which erased communities in Pampanga from the map, has become the province’s biggest revenue source.

Posted: June 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Intense rain to trigger lahar, mudflows along Mt. Mayon—Phivolcs

Residents living near Mayon Volcano take a closer look at the lava in Barangay Mabinit, Legazpi City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned thousands of villagers living along river channels surrounding the slopes of Mt. Mayon volcano of severe lahar flows and landslides due to heavy rains to be spawned by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) that might hit Bicol on Friday.

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Bells that saved Pampanga folk from lahar stolen

THIEVES stole San Vicente Chapel’s two bells that warned residents of the  lahar  flow from  Mt. Pinatubo that erupted back in 1991. E.I.REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Two church bells that alerted some 3,000 families in Barangay (village) San Vicente here of the need to evacuate from lahar flows after Mt. Pinatubo’s eruptions in 1991 had been stolen early this month.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Lahar now Pampanga’s biggest source of revenue

Sand quarrying in the province’s lahar areas is now Pampanga’s biggest source of revenue, bringing in more than P600 million in taxes and fees in the last 28 months, according to the province’s officials.

Posted: November 15th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

‘Makatapak’ signifies victory over lahar

IN A FESTIVAL rooted in how Mt. Pinatubo’s lahar destroyed communities from 1991 to 1997, residents of Bacolor, Pampanga, celebrate “Makatapak” (a local term for going barefoot).  E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Lahar is not all about tragedy. In this former capital of the Philippines, it is also about victory against nature’s fury, mainly the 1991 eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo and the onslaught of volcanic sediments that entombed the town in a sandy grave that went as deep as 20 meters until 1997.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »