June 16, 1991 |
Volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters struck at week's end in Asia, South America, the Soviet Union and an island chain in the South Atlantic. Here is a rundown on the burst of activity: PHILIPPINES--A huge fissure cracked Mt. Pinatubo and scientists said the erupting volcano may be building up to a catastrophic blast. The region was also hit by winds and rains generated by a typhoon, and earthquakes triggered by the volcanic eruptions shook parts of Luzon Island.
June 6, 1991 |
Troops failed to retrieve the last bodies from the dangerous slopes of a volcano whose avalanche of burning rock and ash is believed to have killed at least 38 people. Officials said it was not known if the bodies of three missing foreigners--U.S. researcher Harry Glicken, 33, and a French couple--were among those retrieved after Monday's eruption of 4,445-foot Mt. Unzen in southern Japan.
June 13, 1991 |
Two major volcanic eruptions in the Western Pacific in recent days have claimed only a few lives, reassuring scientists who have been desperately trying to improve their chances of predicting which volcanoes are about to blow their lids. Although it is still impossible to predict down to the minute when any volcano is going to erupt, scientists are now able to issue credible warnings days ahead of most eruptions, thus allowing thousands to flee to safety.
June 20, 1991 |
Mt. Unzen spewed superheated rock, gas and ash Wednesday, and a nearby volcano also erupted, prompting officials to warn residents accustomed to that mountain's constant rumblings. Wednesday's flow from Unzen, which sent volcanic debris 2 1/2 miles down the mountainside and a huge gray cloud billowing into the sky, broke a lull in activity of several days. There were no reports of new injuries or damage.
June 24, 1993 |
Hot rocks, gas and ash roared down the slopes of the Mt. Unzen volcano Wednesday, killing at least one person and engulfing dozens of homes in flames and debris. The area was mostly deserted after 6,275 people were evacuated Tuesday when heavy rain touched off mudslides on Unzen, about 610 miles southwest of Tokyo. In June, 1991, an eruption on Unzen killed 43 people.
June 5, 1991 |
Soldiers raced for their lives as Mt. Unzen in southern Japan billowed showers of lava, searing stones and deadly gas for the second day Tuesday, a day after a major eruption killed at least 33 people. "We had just recovered four bodies when Unzen began spewing again," said a spokesman for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces unit spearheading rescue work at the site of the volcano disaster.