When will the volcano science experiments start?
A new project to observe a volcano that erupted in the 1980s could take place on land in 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.
The U.S. Geological Survey, which is leading the volcano observation project, said the first eruption of Mount Pinatubo, a volcano in the central Andes of Chile, took place on March 10, 1982.
It erupted nearly 6,500 feet into the sky and is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
Scientists were monitoring the volcano in its peak eruption season, which lasts from late March to mid-April, and were able to see a major increase in the amount of material spewing from the volcano.
The volcano erupted about 500 feet above sea level, and was located about 2 miles (3 kilometers) west of the village of La Esperanza in the Andes.
It was the first time the area had been monitored for volcanic activity.
The eruption left a crater in the ground that is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) wide and about 12 miles (19 kilometers) deep.
There are more than 100 active volcanoes and active faults on the island of Santiago, but the volcano is considered dormant due to its low elevation and lack of activity.
Mount Pinatudo, Chile, March 10 1984.
The agency plans to begin observing the volcano next year, with the first measurements coming after the volcano erupts again.
Scientists are also monitoring the volcanic activity in the surrounding areas.