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Tue., April 6, 2010, 6 a.m.

Is the Ring of Fire wakening up?

Pacific Ring of Fire
Pacific Ring of Fire

Good morning, Netizens...

Last weekend we saw a 7.2 earthquake rattle portions of the US-Mexican border near Baja, an earthquake that was stronger than the quake that so utterly destroyed Port Au Prince, Haiti. The only difference, according to scientists, is that most of Mexico was built to higher engineering standards than Haiti, and most of the area near the quake zone is less populated, hence less loss of life took place. The aftershocks, however, continue as recently as this morning.

Late February an 8.8 earthquake struck portions of Chile, killing over 300 people.

As of yesterday, a series of small earthquakes have been occurring near Mount Redoubt in Alaska, raising the possibility that Redoubt is once again about to erupt which poses all kinds of problems to nearby Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage and surrounding communities.

All three areas are on what is colloquially-called the Pacific Ring of Fire, a vast area of seismic activity which covers a broad area as seen on this map, including Seattle and western Washington State. However, I do not predict when or where earthquakes or volcanic eruptions are going to take place.

What implications can we imply from this resurgent activity along the Pacific Rim?

Don't say it cannot happen here, because it could. A 7.0 quake in Seattle or Spokane could easily rearrange our priorities if not our lives. Have an emergency plan in place and be prepared.


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