[NaturalNews] An animated earthquake map video produced by the U.S. NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) shows every recorded earthquake between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2015, – the first 15 years of the 21st century.
The amazing and somewhat terrifying animation proceeds at a rate of
30 days per second, and reveals a great deal of constant activity around
the globe – particularly along major fault lines located where tectonic
plates collide, such as those of the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”
From the YouTube description of the video:
“The earthquake hypocenters first appear as flashes then remain as
colored circles before shrinking with time so as not to obscure
subsequent earthquakes. The size of the circle represents the earthquake
magnitude while the color represents its depth within the earth.”
After showing the time-sequenced earthquake history, the video next
shows all of the quakes from the 15-year period simultaneously. Then,
earthquakes greater than 6.5 magnitude – ones big enough to trigger a
tsunami – are shown.
Finally, the map shows only earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 or higher from the 15-year period.
It’s easy to see where the major activity occurs – along the Pacific
Ring of Fire, which includes the west coast of the United States,
Canada, Central and South America, as well as Japan, China’s coastal
regions and many Pacific island nations.
Surprisingly, many of the world’s nuclear reactors are situated along
the Pacific Ring of Fire and numerous other major fault lines.
The 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan in
2011 was the most serious example of what can happen when a nuclear
plant is not only built near a major tectonic fault line, but next to
the sea as well.
The resulting tsunami caused a major nuclear accident at the Fukushima
nuclear power plant – one that has still not been resolved or cleaned
up. The Fukushima plant was built to withstand only a 7.9 magnitude
quake – despite the fact that an earthquake of 8.0 magnitude or greater
has struck northeastern Japan once every century for the last 400 years. Read More