LABible] The 'Ring of Fire' has seen a lot of action over the past few weeks - earthquakes have hit Japan, Mexico and Taiwan with volcanoes in the region also going off.
The seismic activity has already led to
deaths, and scientists have warned that it could mean one massive
earthquake is on the way, the Mail Online has reported.
from California believe that the series of tremors around the Ring of
Fire- a geologically active zone around the Pacific Ocean - could
indicate that a big quake is due to hit soon.
published in the journal Science Advances, looked at 101 major
earthquakes around the Ring of Fire between 1990 and 2016 to reach its
Thorne Lay, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa
Cruz, said: "Based on the clustering of earthquakes in space and time,
the area that has just slipped is actually more likely to have another
He added that despite the stress on one
earthquake area reducing to below 'failure level', "the surrounding
areas have been pushed towards failure in many cases, giving rise to
aftershocks and the possibility of an adjacent large rupture sooner
rather than later."
While places like Taiwan, Guam and Japan are
quite far apart, the professor has suggested looking at earlier seismic
events to see if small earthquakes were triggered as seismic waves went
Lay said that a 'cascade of failures' in the region could hint
at a larger seismic event, although he stressed that it isn't clear
"Until that type of analysis is done, causal connection between the events is very speculative," Lay said.
are happening frequently in the Ring of Fire, and some apparent
space-time clustering could arise from purely random (non-interacting)
The academic study is a timely one. The Ring of Fire was struck
repeatedly by earthquakes in the first two weeks of this month -
following at least four natural disasters in the region in January.
17 people were killed and over 180 people injured after a 6.4 magnitude quake struck the east coast of Taiwan on 6 February. Read More