If you have never heard of the “Ring of Fire”, now would be a great time to start learning about it. Sadly, we will probably be hearing a whole lot more about it in the months to come. The following is how Wikipedia defines the “Ring of Fire”….
The Pacific Ring of Fire (or sometimes just the Ring of Fire) is an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements.
Approximately 90 percent of the earthquakes in the world occur along the Ring of Fire. About 75 percent of the world’s volcanoes lie along the Ring of Fire.
Do you remember the December 26, 2004 Indonesian tsunami? That happened along the Ring of Fire. Also, the 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile last February was on the Ring of Fire as well.
But this earthquake in Japan was the most dramatic event that we have had along the Ring of Fire in ages….
So is there evidence that the rest of the Ring of Fire is coming to life?
Well, consider the following facts….
*Last month, a large earthquake absolutely devastated Christchurch, New Zealand.
*Two massive volcanoes in the Kamchatka region of Russia erupted at almost the exact same moment when the massive magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan.
*One of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, Mount Karangetang, erupted just a couple of hours after the earthquake hit Japan.
*The Fuego volcano in Guatemala exploded back in late February.
*800 meter high ash plumes rose from the Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala near the end of February.
*A number of other volcanoes along the Ring of Fire have been erupting recently.
*Although not on the Ring of Fire, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is also in the Pacific Ocean and it has also been extremely active lately. It shot lava 65 feet into the air last weekend.
*2011 is just continuing a trend of increased activity along the Ring of Fire that began last year. It turns out that 2010 was a banner year for volcanic eruptions around the Ring of Fire.
*The west coast of the United States is also along the Ring of Fire. Last year, over 2000 earthquakes struck southern California in just one week.
*A magnitude 8.8 earthquake rattled central Chile last February and produced a tsunami that killed 524 people.
Sadly, the list of examples could go on and on and on.
The truth is that there are reports of significant earthquakes and significant volcano eruptions somewhere in the world almost every single day now.
If you have been thinking that it sure seems like there have been more natural disasters recently you are not imagining things.
The truth is that the number of earthquakes and the number of volcano eruptions have definitely been increasing.