25 years ago today, a single volcano in the Philippines chilled the entire earth

June 15, 1991, felt like Armageddon in the Philippines. Twenty-five years ago today, Mount Pinatubo erupted in the country’s north, blowing a cloud into the sky that would cast its shadow over the entire planet.

Considered the strongest terrestrial volcanic eruption in the past 100 years, the nearly 5,000 foot volcano had been dormant for over five centuries. Then, over the course of four days, Pinatubo spewed 10 billion tons of gas-charged magma and aerosols into the air.

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