Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Pampanga's Megadike sunset viewing w/ sunrise viewing in the rice field

Before I start posting the pics, let's make a a little detour regarding the reason why the Government build the Mega dike.

The main reason is this one. The eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

"The volcano's Plinian / Ultra-Plinian eruption on June 15, 1991 produced the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century after the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in the Alaska Peninsula.Complicating the eruption was the arrival of Typhoon Yunya bringing a lethal mix of ash and rain. Successful predictions at the onset of the climactic eruption led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the surrounding areas, saving many lives, but the surrounding areas were severely damaged by pyroclastic flows, ash deposits, and subsequently, by the lahars caused by rainwaters re-mobilizing earlier volcanic deposits destroying thousands of infrastructures and altering the river systems months to years after the eruption. "

Source: Wikipedia.com

In 1996, the government constructed a U-shaped megadike along the Pasig-Potrero River to contain the flow of lahar which had buried most of Bacolor town by then.The dike prevented lahar from spreading to other threatened parts of Pampanga, including the cities of Angeles and San Fernando.

Source: Philstar

 and without further delay here are the pics

Mt. Arayat at the background.

The panoramic view of the town

and here's the sunrise viewing

Sorry for the limited number of pictures, Cheers!

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