Within the past 24 hours, the Pacific “Ring of Fire” – the region of the world where 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur and 75% of the world’s volcanoes are located – has been hammered with earthquakes:

Click here to see the United States Geological Survey’s recent earthquake tracker.

* The spent fuel cooling system at Fukushima reactor number 4 has been suspended for the time being. However, this occurred prior to the earthquake, and – hopefully – will be started back up soon.

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9 Responses to “Earthquakes Hammer the “Ring of Fire””

  1. bear_in_mind says:

    It appears y’all are just waking up to a secular bull market in tectonic activity. Did you really think the massive 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens (in Oregon) was merely a stand-alone event? Not to mention these kind of events are measured in GEOLOGIC time, where a century happens in the blink of an eye. But since St. Helens, there’s been the Loma Prieta quake in Nor Cal (’89), Northridge (’94), then the more violent events unfolding over the last decade in Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, etc. It’s really not a matter of “if” a big temblor strikes the West Coast of the U.S., but “when”.

  2. Jojo says:

    Perish you sinners, end is nigh! Run (swim?) while you can. [lol]

  3. rd says:

    The two massive earthquake disasters coming due in the western US related to the Ring of Fire are a M8 earthquake on the San Andreas E and NE of Los Angeles and a M9 earthquake on the great subduction fault off of the Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia coast. The Pacific Northwest quake would like generate a Fukushima/Indonesia sized tsunami that would hit the entire US and Canadian Pacific Coast line as well as potentially Japan etc.

    It has been 155 years since the last great LA quake and over 300 years since the last great Pacific NW quake.

  4. VennData says:

    Darrell Issa should hold hearings in Congress since Obama’s secularism is surely going to make this disaster worse for the US, punishing the voters who put him in, with a disaster that’s going to make BP’s oil spill look like sippy cup toppling.

    Obama will take your guns, and how will you defend yourself against Mel Gibson and Tina Turner in the post-apocalyptic-post-quake crumbling of civilization? You won’t.

  5. USSofA says:

    obviously, it is caused by fraking…hows that for confirmation bias

  6. Molesworth says:

    Not fracking. Global warming. The earth is attempting to ‘right’ itself.

  7. rd says:

    @USSofA and Molesworth:

    Actually, facetiously you folks are hitting at the heart of many of the major problems today.

    As I pointed out above, there are two massive disasters that will show up on the West Coast in the next 100 years or so. There is nothing that man is doing to cause them and nothing man can do to prevent them. However, there are a lot of things that people can do to mitigate the potential consequences. There is no reason for us to have 250,000 dead from tsunamis or failing nuclear power plants or other major semi-permanent man-made damage from them as we have seen in Asia over the past few years. We already know from Katrina and New Orleans that our current political system are set up to produce unfortunate, unnecessary results.

    Unfortunately, the debates on carbon emissions and other issues that are unsolveable at the local and regional level, or even the national level, are what occupy people’s attention. There are things that can be done to mitigate major KNOWN risks that WILL come that will also generally help greatly with the unknown risks of things like global warming. Making systems resilient, redundant, and robust for known risks often helps in achieving the same for unknown risks.

    Unfortunately, our current society is set up to belief that robust design is a negative, not a positive as we have observed with the dismantling of Glass-Steagal etc. Apparently, we like living on the edge of failure, so we need to be prepared to face the consequences of such a philosophy. It is interesting these days that some academic studies have been coming out indicating that more risk frequently does not mean greater returns in the stock market – it just means you don’t make as much money. This is after several decades of constant exhortations that you must embrace risk to have satisfactory returns.

  8. sshopa says:

    As the ice caps melt, the forces on the earth’s crust are changing.
    Expect more earthquakes.

  9. sshopa says:

    Please look at my invention that can supply emergency water after an earthquake snaps water mains.
    It can also be used to fight the fires that occur after a quake.

    http://www.electric-fluid-pipeline.com

    (Hint: a new invention needs some support.)