Pacific Ring of Fire Earthquake Predictions 2013.
When it comes to seismic activity no place on earth produces larger more devastating earthquakes than the Pacific Ring of Fire. The ring of fire is a horseshoe shape running north to south and spans over 25 thousand miles starting in Southern Chile to the East and ends in New Zealand to the West. The Ring of Fire is home to an estimated 450 volcanoes, and over 85 percent of the worlds seismic activity. In case your wondering the second most active earthquake zone is the Alpide Belt which extends from the Mediterranean region, eastward through to northern India. The third most seismic region in the world is the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (Haiti Earthquake).
Pacific Ring of Fire Earthquake Predictions 2013. Can scientists predict earthquakes?
To answer that question directly from the USGS. No, and it is unlikely they will ever be able to predict them. Scientists have tried many different ways of predicting earthquakes, but none have been successful. On any particular fault, scientists know there will be another earthquake sometime in the future, but they have no way of telling when it will happen. Scientists cannot predict time and date exactly but they can assess high risk areas.
What are the high risk areas for Pacific Ring of Fire earthquakes?
To understand the high risk areas let’s look at the last 10 years in particular. Three very major catastrophic earthquakes hit along the Pacific Ring of Fire. These areas have erupted with intense seismic activity recently and could erupt again given their vulnerability.
In 2004, a 9.1 mega-quake rocked Northern Sumatra, Indonesia generating a deadly wave reeking havoc on the region, generating a powerful tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in the South Pacific.
In 2011, a powerful 9.0 mega-quake rocked the east coast of Honshu, Japan generating a massive tsunami that flattened the Northern Tohoku region, killing nearly 20,000 men, women and children who couldn’t run from the path of the oncoming wave.
In 2010, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile generating a powerful wave forcing the USGS to issue a tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and Ecuador and later extended it to Colombia, Antarctica, Panama, Hawaii and Costa Rica while Japan’s meteorological agency warned of a potential tsunami across large areas of the Pacific. Australia also issued a tsunami alert.
Pacific Ring of Fire earthquake predictions:
Several highly seismic regions along the Pacific ring of fire give scientists reason to believe it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when one these seismic areas will rupture.
The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 750 mile long peninsula in far eastern Russia. It is one of the most various and active volcanic areas in the world. The area is vulnerable because of the rapid subduction of the Pacific Plate fueling intense volcanism.
The Cascadia Subduction zone is one that worries most North American scientists. According to Oregon State University a comprehensive analysis of the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific Northwest coast confirms that the region has had numerous earthquakes over the past 10,000 years, and suggests that the southern Oregon coast may be most vulnerable based on recurrence frequency.
What can you do to prepare if you live near an area of the Pacific Ring of Fire earthquake Prediction?
The USGS has a comprehensive preparation plan for those who are searching for more information how to respond during the time of an earthquake. Click here to explore all of the handbooks, and information given to the public.
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