Pacific's Ring of Fire convulses and people are fearful of the "Big One"
Fear of that the increased seismic activity in the Pacific Rim of fire may be a precursor of the "Big One" has scientists and the public in a tizzy.
In the 48 hours between the 19th and the 21st of August 2018 69 massive earthquakes hit the Pacific's Ring of Fire
Of the 69, 16 tremors registered 4.5 or above on the Richter scale, reported the U.S. Geological Survey according to Fox News.
“We are monitoring the situation and some places felt it, but it was a very deep earthquake.”
Director Apete Soro, Fox News, 23rd of August 2018.
What is the Ring of Fire?
The Ring of Fire is a 40,000 km horseshoe shape bracketing the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
It is an almost continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and plate flaws. The Ring of Fire encompasses 452 volcanoes - 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes and 90% of the world's earthquakes, and 81% of the largest earthquakes occur in this area.
Is it the "Big One"?
The history books recorded the 1906 SanFrancisco quake as a "Big One" though it registered a fraction under the requisite 8 on the Richter scale, at 7,9.
The 1906 quake originated in the San Andreas Fault and hit with a magnitude of 7.9. It razed San Francisco to the ground, destroying 80 percent of the city and resulted in 3,000 deaths.
The San Andreas Fault is part of the Ring of Fire and is a flaw between the continental and the Pacific Ocean tectonic plates. It extends for 1,200 kilometers through California.
California natives, used to the constant seismic activity in their home state, are still frightened by the idea of the "Big One.".
Massive earthquake off Fiji
The week's seismic convulsion did not reach the western coast of the continental U.S., but other countries on the Ring of Fire were shaken: Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan, and Fiji.
Fiji was the most affected with five earthquakes above a 4.5 magnitude hitting the tiny island.
More frightening yet, was an 8,2 magnitude quake registered on the 19th of August, 174 miles north-northeast of the Fiji archipelago. Fortunately the "Big One", occurred in the Ocean at a depth of 347.7 miles, and did not cause a tsunami.
Read more about the Ring of Fire on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.
Recent events still raise questions.
Professor Emily Brodsky University of California Santa Cruz explained that though earthquakes and volcanoes can interact, it is still unclear how much the recent seismic events are triggered or influenced by volcanic activity.
Though the West Coast of the U.S.has not been affected by the recent spate of seismic events, July of 2018 registered a spate of earthquakes registering from 2.8 to 5.6 on the Richter scale, raising fears that the "Big One" is looming.
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