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Experts fear Mega Earthquake in the Pacific "ring of fire" that could devastate parts of Asia and America

Experts fear Mega Earthquake in the Pacific

The Ring of Fire consists of a huge arc that runs along the coasts of the Pacific Ocean, North America, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Recent seismic activity across the so-called Ring of Fire has renewed fears that a massive earthquake could strike at any moment.

Earthquakes have hit Alaska, Japan and Taiwan in recent months, while a volcano in the Philippines recently erupted.

The Ring of Fire consists of a huge arc that runs along the coasts of the Pacific Ocean, North America, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Countries within this arc are more prone to seismic activity, including disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, said on January 24 that the Ring of Fire had been "particularly active."

And in November of last year, University of Colorado scientist Roger Bilham said that the rise in the temperature of the Earth's core means that "the world has entered a period of higher global seismic productivity" that could last at least five years.

Last year, more than 140,000 people fled the area around Bali's Mount Agung in November after its alert status was raised to the highest level, indicating that an eruption may be imminent. This was later downgraded.

In Taiwan, an earthquake on February 6 killed 17 people and tipped a 12-story building at a 45-degree angle.

In recent days, lava flowing from the Philippines' erupting Mount Mayon has spread 2.2 miles, and on January 23 a 7.9 earthquake shook the coast of Alaska, prompting tsunami evacuations.

Toshiyasu Nagao, head of Tokai University's Earthquake Prediction Research Center, said: "The Pacific Rim is in a period of activity," reported the Japan Times.

"In terms of volcanic history, however, current activity is still considered normal."

Many other experts have also moved to reassure the public, saying such events are not correlated, and the multiple eruptions are simply a mere coincidence.

Shinji Toda, a professor at the International Institute for Disaster Science Research at Tohoku University, told the newspaper: “We cannot predict earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Earth science has not gotten that far.

“Such predictions are often routinely made after big events. If you say that every day for a long time, naturally you will get it right at some point. "

Geologist Chris Elders told The New Daily: “There is likely no connection.

“While they have the same origin, the Ring of Fire, these recent events are a coincidence. The region itself is a breeding ground for seismic activity ”.

WHAT IS THE RING OF FIRE?

The Ring of Fire is a long chain of volcanoes and earthquakes around the Pacific Ocean.

There are 452 volcanoes based on the 25,000 mile ring that stretches from North and South America to Japan and New Zealand.

Since 1850, about 90 percent of the most powerful eruptions have occurred within this limit.

It was formed when dense oceanic plates crashed and slid under lighter continental plates.

This is a process called subduction.

Tectonic plates are huge slabs of the Earth's crust and constantly move above the mantle, a layer of solid, molten rock.

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