134346 Pinatubo

This minor planet is named after Mount Pinatubo, an active volcano in the Zambales Mountains in the Phillipines. It erupted in 1991, one of the largest eruptions in the 20th century. Ancient folk myths passed down through the oral tradition among the local people say that a giant sea turtle spirit named Bacobaco buried itself in the ground and spat fire, a mythical explanation for the volcano's behavior.

The symbol of this asteroid is derived from this myth: it is the top half of a turtle, as in the symbol of 16809 Galapagos, consisting of two half-circles and two short forelegs, with a Vestan plume of smoke above its head.

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