by Michael Snyder
December 18, 2012
While most of the world has been focused
on other things, the Ring of Fire has been quietly waking up.
Over the past couple of months, there
has been a steady string of noteworthy volcanic eruptions and
earthquakes that have occurred along the perimeter of the Pacific
Ocean. But because none of them have happened near a highly
populated area, we really haven’t heard much about them in the news.
But if activity along the Ring of Fire
continues to increase, it is inevitable that a major event will
happen near a major city at some point. When that happens, the
entire world will be focused on the Ring of Fire once again.
Most people don’t realize that
approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75
percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire. The
entire west coast of the United States sits along the Ring of Fire
and a massive network of faults runs underneath California, Oregon
Fortunately, the west coast has not
experienced any devastating seismic events in recent years, but
scientists assure us that will change at some point. So it is
important to sit up and take notice when there are reports of
increasing activity along the Ring of Fire.
Unfortunately, most Americans cannot
even tell you what the Ring of Fire is.
The following is how
Wikipedia defines the “Ring of Fire”…
Pacific Ring of Fire (or sometimes just the Ring of Fire) is an
area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a
nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and
volcanic belts and/or plate movements.
It runs roughly along the rim of the
Coastal residents of four different
continents realize that a major event along the Ring of Fire could
fundamentally change their lives in a single moment.
Nearly all of the
worst earthquakes in modern history have
occurred along the Ring of Fire. When the Ring of Fire is very
active, it is a very big deal. That is why so many people are
alarmed that the Ring of Fire seems to be entering a period of
The following are 15 signs that the Ring
of Fire is waking up as we head into 2013…
Mount Lokon, which is located in
Indonesia, has erupted
more than 800 times since July. On Monday, volcanic ash
from the volcano reached heights of up to 10,000 feet.
alert” had been issued for towns and villages near the
Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador. On Tuesday it erupted and
up to a half mile above its crater.
is still flowing out of the Tolbachik volcano which is
located on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Anyone that has ever
played the board game “Risk” knows where Kamchatka is
Lava also continues to flow and
ash also continues to rise
from the Fuego volcano in Guatemala.
On Tuesday, an ash plume
more than 2.5 kilometers high had risen from the Paluweh
volcano in Indonesia.
There was an average of about
4 seismic events per hour at the Popocatépetl volcano in
Mexico on Tuesday.
Scientists recently discovered “one
of the world’s weirdest volcanoes” on the floor of the
ocean just off the coast of Baja, Mexico.
Mt. Fuji (located not too far
from Tokyo, Japan) has been dormant for about 300 years, but
in recent months there have been increasing signs of
activity there. One study recently found that a “magma
chamber under the mountain has come under immense pressure“,
and one prominent scientist is warning that Mt. Fuji is due
big-scale explosive eruption“. Authorities were alarmed
when a tunnel leading to Mt. Fuji collapsed
on December 2nd, killing 9 people.
Scientists are now warning that
there is a very dangerous build up of magma at a large
number of Japan’s
110 active volcanoes.
magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck off the coast of
Sulawesi, Indonesia on Monday.
magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit the New Britain region of
Papua New Guinea on Saturday.
magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska in
A magnitude-7.3 earthquake hit
earlier this month.
There has been a substantial
increase in earthquake activity in the Long Valley caldera
region of California, and authorities tell us that “magma
is indeed moving down there“.
Over one recent five week
more than 170 significant earthquakes were detected in
one town in Chile. That town is now being called “one of the
shakiest places on earth”.
All of those events occurred along the
Ring of Fire.
So why is all of this happening?
Well, there are certainly a lot of
theories out there.
In the United States, a large percentage
of the population is convinced that an increase in natural disasters
is evidence that we are in the “last days” described in the Bible.
In fact, one recent survey found that a
36 percent of all Americans believe that the increase in natural
disasters that we have seen in recent years is an indication that we
are in the end times…
More than a third of Americans
believe the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence
that we are in the “end times” described in the New Testament -
a period of turmoil preceding Jesus' second coming and the end
of the world.
“There is a significant
proportion of Americans who see these phenomena through a
theological lens,” said Daniel Cox, research director at the
Public Religion Research Institute, which released a
poll on religion and climate change on Thursday (Dec. 13) in
partnership with Religion News Service.
“It’s hardly a fringe belief.
It’s nearly four in 10 Americans who are embracing this,”
The conviction is particularly
strong among white evangelical Protestants (65 percent), and
less common among Catholics (21 percent) and the religiously
unaffiliated (14 percent).
Other Americans believe that there are
other causes for all of these natural disasters, and a large number
of Americans are absolutely convinced that nothing unusual is
happening at all.