By Hanah J.
Grade 5, Arizona

I chose to research Mount Pinatubo because my mom grew up in the Philippines and Mount Pinatubo is in the Philippines. Mount Pinatubo is a strato-volcano. The websites I used were and other websites. A strato-volcano is a volcano built up of alternate layers of lava and ash. The volcano is located in Luzon, Philippines and the ring of fire it is in is the Pacific Ring of Fire. The mountain is by Clark Air Base and after the eruption the air base shut down and was never used again. It was formed by the Philippine plate sinking beneath the Sunda plate. As the plate sinks into the earth’s mantle, the rock from that plate melts and then rises to the surface in the form of a volcano. On June 15, 1991 Mount Pinatubo had the second largest eruption of the twentieth century. Almost 8,000 houses got destroyed, 75,000 buildings got damaged and about 740 people were killed by the eruption. The elevation of Mount Pinatubo is 4,872 feet and the width and length is unknown. Over 250,000 people live near the volcano today. It was formed about 5,000 million years ago.
I was fascinated when I found out how tall the volcano was. I think Mount Pinatubo is the best volcano in the world because I like that my mom knows a lot about the volcano and she was still in the Philippines when the volcano erupted. I hope that the next time I go to the Philippines I could see Mount Pinatubo. I will never forget when I saw the number of people who died from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and people who are risking their lives by living near Mount Pinatubo. When I saw pictures of Mount Pinatubo erupting the smoke looked like a mushroom and the picture of the volcano not erupting was beautiful because there was a lake inside of it.

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