Sixty nine major earthquakes hit the Pacific’s Ring of Fire in just 48 hours driving fears that the ‘Big One’ is about to hit California

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
By Paul Martin

Sixteen tremors above magnitude 4.5 shook the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ on Monday
This followed a cluster of 53 quakes that hit the geological zone on Sunday
The quakes rattled Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan and Fiji, but failed to reach the US
Scientists have previously warned California is long overdue a major quake

21 August 2018

Sixty nine major earthquakes have hit Earth’s most active geological disaster zone in the space of just 48 hours.

Sixteen ‘significant’ tremors – those at magnitude 4.5 or above – shook the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ on Monday, following a spate of 53 that hit the region Sunday.

The quakes rattled Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan and Fiji, but failed to reach the western coast of the United States, which also falls along the infamous geological ring.

The tremors have raised concerns that California’s ‘Big One’ – a destructive earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater – may be looming.

Scientists have previously warned that Ring of Fire activity may trigger a domino effect that sets off earthquakes and volcanic eruptions elsewhere in the region.

California, which straddles the huge San Andreas Fault Line and sits on the eastern edge of the ring, is long overdue a deadly earthquake, researchers claim.

The recent spate of Ring of Fire activity was recorded by experts at the United States Geological Survey, which is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

Maps generated by the agency’s vast array of seismometers shows Fiji was the worst hit, with five earthquakes above magnitude 4.5 – classed as ‘significant’ by the USGS – rumbling the country since Monday morning.

The largest of these was a 5.0 tremor that struck the region at 6:30am BST (1:30am ET) on Tuesday morning.

An enormous 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday, but was too deep to cause any significant damage.

The quake’s depth at 347.7 miles (560 km) would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

‘We are monitoring the situation and some places felt it, but it was a very deep earthquake,’ Director Apete Soro told Reuters.

Indonesia was hit by seven significant earthquakes, while the Soloman Islands, Bolivia and the Tonga were each rocked by a single quake, on Monday.

The nations often experience seismic activity as they sit along the Ring of Fire -a massive horseshoe-shaped area in the Pacific basin.

The ring is formed of a string of 452 volcanoes and sites of high seismic activity that encircle the Pacific Ocean, including the entire US west coast.

The (USGS) has not issued a warning over the recent shakes, meaning they do not pose an immediate risk to US citizens.

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