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The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. It is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt or the circum-Pacific seismic belt. 90% of the world's earthquakes and 80% of the world's largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.
The motion of the fault generates numerous small earthquakes, at multiple times a day, most of which are too small to be felt
The Ring of Fire is a direct result and consequence of plate tectonics and the movement and collisions of crustal plates.
Originally posted by violet
It will happen, just when is unknown. School children get earthquake drills, we have to decide if we want to purchase earthquake insurance, we pay extra taxes for our bridges and buildings to be upgraded - so it's all these reminders being told to us, not that we go around worrying about it like paranoia cases. That wouldn't be very productive, but at the same time we can't be saying "it's not gonna happen to me (us)".
[edit on 11-3-2009 by violet]
Seismologists are monitoring a swarm of small earthquakes that are occurring on the southern San Andreas fault, a seismic zone capable of causing the proverbial “Big One,” which might inflict widespread death and destruction in Orange County. In a rare an unusual statement, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography says, “A swarm of earthquakes is trembling through Southern California near the Salton Sea (the southern end of the fault). Over 40 small earthquakes, ranging from magnitude 1 to magnitude 3, shook the region over the weekend and continue today.