Volcanoes on 'Ring of Fire' remind Asia of its seismic peril

The string of active volcanoes around the Pacific Ocean has lived up to its "Ring of Fire" name lately, sparking mass evacuations in Indonesia and Vanuatu and unsettling part of southwestern Japan. The 450 or so volcanoes that make up the ring outline where the massive Pacific Plate grinds against other plates that form the Earth's crust, creating a 40,000-kilometer (25,000-mile) -long zone prone to earthquakes and other seismic upheaval.



The Shinmoedake volcano in southwestern Japan started erupting Wednesday for the first time in about six years. An ash plume rose 1,700 meters (5,580 feet) from the crater Thursday and ash fell on cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture....

14 Published By - Houston Chronicle - Technology and Science - 2017.10.13. 04:38
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