The Ring Of Fire Is Roaring To Life And There Will Be Earthquakes Of Historic Importance On The West Coast Of The United States
Does it seem to you like there has been an unusual amount of seismic activity around the world lately? Well, it isn’t just your imagination. The Ring of Fire is roaring to life and that is really bad news for the west coast of the United States.
Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire.
Considering the fact that the entire west coast of the United States lies along the Ring of Fire, we should be very concerned that the Ring of Fire is becoming more active. On Wednesday, the most powerful strike-slip earthquake ever recorded happened along the Ring of Fire. If that earthquake had happened in a major U.S. city along the west coast, the city would have been entirely destroyed.
Sadly, most Americans (especially young Americans) can’t even tell you what the Ring of Fire is.
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.
The entire west coast of the United States falls along the Ring of Fire and a massive network of faults runs underneath California, Oregon and Washington.
At this point, scientists tell us that the west coast is long overdue for a major earthquake. An article in Time Magazine a few years ago stated the following….
California has more than 300 faults running beneath its surface, including the massive San Andreas Fault, yet the quake to end all quakes has yet to occur. In 1980, a federal report declared the likelihood of a major earthquake striking California within the next 30 years to be ‘well in excess of 50%.’
Unfortunately, the truth is that is a very, very conservative estimate. The west coast has always been extremely unstable and it always will be. At some point there is going to be a tragedy of unimaginable proportions on the west coast.
Just hope that you are not there when it happens.
But it isn’t just California, Oregon and Washington that should be concerned.
According to the Arizona Geological Survey, there were 131 earthquakes in the state of Arizona in 2011. That was a huge increase from just 53 in 2010.
And of course an absolutely nightmarish earthquake could occur along the New Madrid fault at any time, but that is a topic for another article.
As far as the Ring of Fire is concerned, another major threat is volcanic activity.more at source
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