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Press Release 10-209

Volcanic Eruptions Affect Rainfall Over Asian Monsoon Region

Some regions drier, others wetter

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Illustrations showing how volcanic eruptions may affect Asian monsoon rainfall.

Volcanic eruptions may affect Asian monsoon rainfall; the seasonal storms water critical crops.

Credit: NOAA


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Photo of an 18-kilometer-high plume from one of a series of eruptions in 1991 at Mount Pinatubo.

An 18-kilometer-high plume from one of a series of eruptions in 1991 at Mount Pinatubo.

Credit: USGS


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Satellite image taken in 1982 showing forested areas around Pinitubo.

In 1982, Mount Pinatubo was a forested peak with extensive rice fields at its base.

Credit: NASA


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Photo showing mudflows of volcanic debris at Lourdes near Mount Pinatubo.

The village of Lourdes near Mount Pinatubo, was inundated by mudflows of volcanic debris.

Credit: USGS


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Photo of a house buried by a mudflow of volcanic ash and debris after Pinatubo's eruption.

After Pinatubo's eruption, this house was buried by a mudflow of volcanic ash and debris.

Credit: USGS


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Satellite image showing the blasted summit of Pinitubo after the 1992 eruption.

In 1992, a year after Pinatubo's eruption, its summit is blasted away and forests blown down.

Credit: NASA


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