The impact of the human population on the world is a major topic that has been debating each time when a significant shift happens in the climate of the environment. But, this entire situation has become commonplace in this society and it is not phasing the way that it should.
The recent string of main earthquakes that are rocking our world is a perfect example for this level of complacency. Once a major earthquake has taken place, it would be known throughout the world. But, 144 major earthquakes has occurred over a single week.
The phenomenon is occurring along an area that runs around the edge of the Pacific basin in a shape of horseshoe active seismic belt called the ‘Ring of Fire. As the area runs along the boundaries of the planet’s tectonic plates it is well known for a large number of volcanoes and earthquake epicenters. Along with these fault lines, most of the world’s strongest earthquakes and 75% of volcanoes are located.
But, we have never seen anything like the recent events despite the high level of activity that normally happens here. Each and every earthquake can be considered as a major earthquake as it exceeds a magnitude of 4.5 and these are not minor tremors. These are with the potential to dramatically alter the lives which have been impacted by them.
There are two major that stood out of these 144 earthquakes. Just 174 miles northeast of Fiji’s Ndoi Island, a magnitude 8.2 earthquake was recorded in the Pacific Ocean, in the start of the week. But, there were no causalities or damages from the quake happen as that it occurred so deep below the planet’s surface. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Venezuela’s northeast coast on the next day. Even though there were minor damages, there were no casualties. As it was the largest to hit the area since 1900, this earthquake was a particularly frightening experience for local people.
According to British seismologist Stephen Hicks, “M7.3 earthquake today along the northern coast of Venezuela is one of the largest ever recorded earthquakes along the boundary between the Caribbean & South American plates. There was a M7.7 quake to the west in 1900 but this will have preceded detailed instrumental recordings.”
The earthquake activity along the Ring of Fire has been theorized like a game of dominoes as one event leading to another and again to another. This happens continuously to make us wonder to where the next major quake.
West coast of the United States is included in the Ring of Fire. Americans have been lucky to be experiencing very little activity in the area as the area is part of the high activity zone. But, we wonder whether this ‘dry spell’ possibly coming to an end and are we due for a devastating hit.