by Michael Snyder
April 13, 2012
Does it seem to you like there has been an unusual amount of seismic
activity around the world lately? Well, it isn't just your
imagination. The Ring of Fire is roaring to life and that is really
bad news for the west coast of the United States.
Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75
percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire.
Considering the fact that the entire west coast of the United States
lies along the Ring of Fire, we should be very concerned that the
Ring of Fire is becoming more active.
On Wednesday (April 11, 2012),
the most powerful strike-slip earthquake ever
recorded happened along the Ring of Fire. If that
earthquake had happened in a major U.S. city along the west coast,
the city would have been entirely destroyed.
Scientists tell us that there is nearly a 100% certainty that the
"Big One" will hit California at some point. In recent years we have
seen Japan, Chile, Indonesia and New Zealand all get hit by historic
earthquakes. It is inevitable that there will be earthquakes of
historic importance on the west coast of the United States as well.
So far we have been very fortunate, but that good fortune will not
In a previous article, I showed that
earthquakes are becoming more frequent
around the globe. In 2001, there were
137 earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 or
greater and in 2011
there were 205. The charts and data
that I presented in that previous article show a clear upward trend
in large global earthquakes over the past decade, and that is why
what happened this week is so alarming.
On Wednesday, a
magnitude 8.6 earthquake struck off
the coast of Indonesia and that was rapidly followed by a magnitude
8.2 earthquake off the coast of Indonesia. Fortunately those
gigantic earthquakes did not produce a devastating tsunami, but that
doesn't mean that those earthquakes were not immensely powerful.
Normally we only see about one earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or
greater per year. The magnitude 8.6 earthquake was the most powerful
strike-slip earthquake in recorded history. If that earthquake had
happened in the United States, it would have probably been the worst
natural disaster in U.S. history.
The following is from an
article posted on The Extinction
Iíve never heard of a strike-slip
lateral earthquake of this great a magnitude; especially under
water. Preliminary assessment of the Indonesian quakes by U.S.
geologists suggests one plate lurched past each other as much as
San Andreas is a strike-slip,
lateral - can we even imagine two sections of ground moving 70
feet near San Francisco? Had the force of the Sumatra quakes
been unleashed upon San Andreas, the city would have been
And earthquake activity along the west
coast has definitely been heating up in recent days. On Wednesday, a
magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck
approximately 160 miles off of the coast of Oregon.
Early on Thursday, there were two major earthquakes (magnitude
6.9 and magnitude 6.2) in the Gulf of California.
It is only a matter of time before the "Big One" hits California.
Sadly, most Americans (especially young Americans) can't even tell
you what the Ring of Fire is.
The following is how Wikipedia
defines the "Ring of Fire"...
The 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. In a 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.
The entire west coast of the United
States falls along the Ring of Fire and a massive network of faults
runs underneath California, Oregon and Washington.
At this point, scientists tell us that the west coast is long
overdue for a major earthquake.
An article in Time Magazine a few years
stated the following...
California has more than 300 faults
running beneath its surface, including the massive San Andreas
Fault, yet the quake to end all quakes has yet to occur. In
1980, a federal report declared the likelihood of a major
earthquake striking California within the next 30 years to be
'well in excess of 50%.'
Unfortunately, the truth is that is a
very, very conservative estimate. The west coast has always been
extremely unstable and it always will be. At some point there is
going to be a tragedy of unimaginable proportions on the west coast.
Just hope that you are not there when it happens.
But it isn't just California, Oregon and Washington that should be
According to the Arizona Geological Survey, there were
131 earthquakes in the state of
Arizona in 2011. That was a huge increase from just 53 in 2010. And
of course an absolutely nightmarish earthquake could occur along the
New Madrid fault at any time, but that is a topic for another
As far as the Ring of Fire is concerned, another major threat is
One of these days, one or more of the major volcanoes on the west
coast is going to experience a major eruption again. There have been
signs that Mt. Rainier has been becoming more active, and a major
eruption of Mt. Rainier could potentially be absolutely devastating
for much of the northwest United States.
Of even greater concern along the Ring of Fire is Mt. Fuji. As I
wrote about the other day, Mt. Fuji
has been dormant for about 300 years but is now rapidly roaring to
life. New craters have appeared and these new craters are venting
gas. There has been a swarm of earthquakes under Mt. Fuji this year,
including a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on March 15th.
If Mt. Fuji were to experience a full-blown eruption, the
consequences could be absolutely catastrophic.
Mt. Fuji is not too
far from Tokyo - one of the most densely populated cities on the
entire planet. The loss of life resulting from a full-blown eruption
of Mt. Fuji would be almost unimaginable.
But it is not just along the Ring of Fire that we are seeing a rise
in volcanic activity. The truth is that we are seeing a rise in
volcanic activity all over the globe.
The following are just a couple of
recent examples which have been in the news...
The volcanoes in Iceland that
caused such huge problems a few years ago are becoming very
Authorities in Colombia have
declared a "red alert" and believe that an eruption of the
Nevado del Ruiz volcano
Ash is venting at the world
famous Anak Krakatau volcano in Indonesia.
Something really strange is going on.
Most scientists will deny it or will attempt to downplay it until
they are blue in the face, but the truth is that the trembling of
our planet is getting worse.
If this shaking continues to get worse, there are going to be some
absolutely horrific tragedies in the years ahead.