A fascinating place,which produces most of the world’s volcanic activity and earthquakes.
- 40000km,horseshoe shaped area of intense volcanic&seismic activity which follows edges of pacific ocean!
- It was created by the plate of tectonics,The Pacific Plate ( quite large and thus it borders (and interacts) with a number of large and small plates.)
The interactions between the Pacific Plate and its surrounding tectonic plates creates a tremendous amount of energy, which, in turn, easily melts rocks into magma. This magma then rises to the surface as lava and forms volcanoes!
Responsible for 90% of world’s strongest earthquakes,includes 75% of world’s active volcanoes
Some of the major volcanic events! have occurred with in the Ring!
- Mount tambora-1815
- Mount saint Helens-1980
- Mount Ruiz-1985
- Mount pinnatubo-1991
Largest earthquakes recorded
- Chile EQ -1960
- Alaska EQ-1964
- Chile EQ-2010
- Japan EQ-2011
- Devastated indian ocean Tsunami!-2004Reference:-national geographic society