Some months ago, I wrote about some activity on the Ring of Fire.
Well, there has been more activity of late. A lot. And very powerful activity. Something is going on. All in the region just north of Australia and west toward (and into) Indonesia.
I am not talking about little shakers. I am talking about things in the 7.0 and higher magnitude. And these often produce a side effect called tsunamis. You may have read about one recently in American Samoa.
Now, in that article I wrote back in June I mentioned that I subscribed to a service by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) where they email me about seismic activity. I woke up this morning to find 6 emails about events in the region I described above with magnitudes ranging from 6.9 to 7.8 between about 4:20 PM and 9:15 PM.
That's quite a cluster. And that area had been pretty quiet for awhile. The activity actually started with a couple of quakes (one big, one aftershock of reportable size) near American Somoa on the 29th of September.
We worry about the environmental impact of our own activities; the smog we produced, the levels of CO2, how much trash we are trying to bury, deforesting rainforests, water usage (and pollution), over-fishing, and the like. All of it would mean nothing if something like the Ring of Fire got as active as it once was millions of years ago.
We are a resilient species but our civilizations are very fragile. I don't think they could handle a period where the Ring became very active.
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