The Philippines consist of over 7,000 mountainous islands in the Southwest Pacific, off the southeast coast of Asia. The highest mountains of the Philippines are on the two largest islands, Mindanao in the south, and Luzon in the north. There are many active volcanoes throughout the Philippines, most notably a chain of composite volcanoes known as the Luzon Volcanic Arc, that stretches along the west and southern coasts of Luzon. Among these volcanoes are Mount Taal, whose eruption in 1911 killed 1400 people; Volcan Mayon, which in 1969 erupted simultaneously with Taal; and Mount Pinatubo, which on June 15, 1991 coincidentally erupted during a typhoon. The combination of these natural disasters killed more than 300 people and destroyed much property. The Philippines receive a tremendous amount of rainfall from the southwest monsoon (May to October). They also straddle the typhoon belt, and during an average year they are affected by fifteen typhoons, and struck by five or six cyclonic storms. Also, landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes are not uncommon. In 1995, both Pinatubo and Bulusan volcanoes erupted on Luzon.

Peaks of Philippines

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