The Ring of Fire
The Ring of Fire is a area in the Pacific that stretches from the North of the United States across to the north Asia, down to South East Asia across to South America. In this area there is a lot of activity. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activity are prone to happen in this region. Japan has a lot of problems with the earthquakes because more than 1000 earthquakes shake the islands of Japan. Areas in or near the Ring of Fire have to prepare for the force of the power of the natural disaster that are prone to happen in the Ring of Fire.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and occasional landslides underwater often cause
sudden movement in the ocean. Resulting from these undersea disasters, huge waves form and approach the coast. These waves have the potential to cause major damage and take many lives, as has been proved by past disasters. Over half of the tsunamis all over the world occur in the Ring of Fire. The problem with tsunamis is that they are very difficult to predict. Unlike a hurricane, one cannot track an earthquake or a tsunami, because it happens very quickly. Many efforts are being taken to provide safety from tsunamis. People living in the Ring of Fire rely on tsunami-resistant building methods and swift preparedness.
2011 Japan Tsunami
By: Shawqi Musallam
A 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011, that triggered a deadly 23-foot tsunami in the country’s north. The giant waves deluged cities and rural areas alike, sweeping away cars, homes, buildings, a train, and boats, leaving a path of death and devastation in its wake The earthquake—the largest in Japan’s history—struck about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued warnings for Russia, Taiwan, Hawaii, Indonesia, the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the west coasts the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and South America. According to the official toll, the disasters left 15,839 dead, 5,950 injured, and 3,642 missing.
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