When volcanic ash from the Philippines blanketed Singapore in 1991

A car owner in Singapore wiping down his vehicle on June 17, 1991, after ash from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines was blown more than 2,400km to the Republic by high winds.
A car owner in Singapore wiping down his vehicle on June 17, 1991, after ash from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines was blown more than 2,400km to the Republic by high winds.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - He had left home on the morning of June 18, 1991, and walked to his car like on any other day, only to find it coated with a film of light grey powder.

"What a nuisance, I first thought, and wiped it away as best as I could," recounted Associate Professor Simon Tay, 60, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

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