Mapanuepe Lake is a freshwater lake located in the province of Zambales in the Philippines. The lake was created after the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991. Lahars following the eruption blocked the drainage of Mapanuepe River, south of the volcano, flooding Mapanuepe Valley together with its settlements. Only the steeple of the church protruding out of the water remained on one of t ...
Mapanuepe lake is located at the confluence of Marella and Mapanuepe Rivers as the two rivers merge to become the Santo Tomas River. The subsequent rains following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo produced lahar that dumped volcanic debris on the Marella River, one of the major drainages of the mountain, aggrading the river that eventually dammed the Mapanuepe River.
At its maximum extent, the lake grew to an area of 670 hectares and had a stored water volume of 75 x 106 cubic meters before reaching its current state. The only structure that remains is a church tower with a huge metal cross right in the middle of the lake. Prior to the 1991 eruption, studies of geologic formations and sediments of Mapanuepe Valley showed that the area was the site of a similar lahar-formed lake from old eruptions. Wiki
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None could be had of vast areas of San Marcelino town in the aftermath of Mount Pinatubo's eruption in 1991, the second most devastating volcanic eruption in the 20th century.
Lahar had flowed where rivers once breathed of life and ash left no spot uncovered for weeks, then months, then years. But an interesting thing also happened ??" an entire village in of this town in Zambales became submerged in water.
Sitio Buhawen in Barangay Pili used to be a thriving community of miners involved in chromite extraction at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo.
The land was pressed between two natural water ...
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Armed with overwhelming feeling of excitement and curiosity, I boarded the top of a jeep with 2 friends : Dong and Chyng to Anglao town from San Marcelino, Zambales (Philippines). The sun has begun to poke it's nose further out into the sky unveiling a wide ex ...
The gang was looking for an unusual roadtrip so I suggested Mapanuepe Lake after reading several blog entries about it. What's interesting about this lake is that it was formed after the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Lahars traveled down the rivers of Mapanuepe and Marella that caused the waters to rise forcing the residents of Aglao to evacuate to higher grounds. The original village of Aglao no longer exists and is now part of Mapanuepe and the only structure that remains is a church tower with a huge metal cross right in the middle of the lake.
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