Blasts & Shakes
On the 9th of June, Mount Sinabung erupted spewing plume 7,000 meters into the atmosphere. Located in North Sumatra, Indonesia, the 2460 meter high volcano was dormant for 400 years before it erupted in ’10, after which it has remained active.
While such eruptions are common & we don’t really focus on giving you updates, we picked this story because we wanted to tell you about the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The Ring of Fire (also called the circum-Pacific Belt) is a 40,000 km long horseshoe shaped seismically active belt of earthquakes, volcanoes and tectonic plate boundaries that are located on the fringes of the Pacific basin. You will be amazed to hear that almost 90% of the world’s earthquakes & volcanic eruptions occur within this region.
The name Ring of Fire arises from the fact that 452 volcanoes (more than 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes) are within this area, which borders or covers countries like New Zealand, Japan, USA (West Coast) & Canada, Chile, Indonesia & Taiwan.