Ring of Fire ROARS: Four huge quakes and two volcanoes strike Pacific basin in 36 HOURS

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

JAPAN has been struck by a huge earthquake following 36 hours of intense activity around the Ring of Fire.

By Henry Holloway
24th January 2018

The Ring of Fire – also called the circus-Pacific belt – is a band that stretches 25,000 miles around the Pacific Ocean.

It goes from New Zealand, up the Asia-Pacific coast across Japan and northern Russia, before skirting down Alaska, Canada, the US west coast and down to the bottom of South America.

Around 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur along the Ring which is the most seismically active region in the world.

And the Ring of Fire appears to have roared into life in the past day with a series of colossal events striking across the Pacific.

Japan’s northern-most island Hokkaido was today shaken by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake after two huge tremors and two volcano eruptions in the last 36 hours.

The UN Officer for Disaster Risk Reduction tweeted that the Ring of Fire has been “active” and shared a map of the basin.

Luckily, no damage has been recorded from the Japanese quake – which chillingly hit where scientists have warned Japan is due a “super gigantic” earthquake by 2045.

Tsunami alerts swept the Pacific yesterday after a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the US coast.

Warnings of 32-foot waves had people fleeing for high ground in Alaska.

And just hours earlier, a volcano roared into life in Japan near the hot springs resort town of Kusatsu.

One skier has been reported missing after avalanches following the eruptions of the 2,160-metre Kusatsu-Shirane.

Rescue efforts have now been stalled as volcanic tremors rock the town and rocks are ejected from the mountain.

Then another 56,000 have been forced to flee as the Mayon volcano erupted in the Philippines.

Volcanologists have warned the mountain will explode within days and an exclusion zone of six miles has been set up.

Lava bombs and rocks have also been fired out of the volcano, forcing officials to expand the danger zone.

Indonesia was also rocked by a double header of earthquakes, with a pair of magnitude 6 and magnitude 5.3 tremors.

All but three of the world’s 25 biggest volcanic eruptions eruptions in the first 11,700 years have occurred on the Ring of Fire.

However, despite the dramatics of the past few days, scientists have said it’s unlikely they are related and dismissed the acidity as “not unusual”.

William Yeck, a research geophysicist for the US Geological Survey, said the ring is constantly active thanks to movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates.

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