What is the Pacific Ring of Fire and why is it called ‘The Cradle of Earthquakes’?

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It is a 40 thousand kilometer tectonic chain located in the Pacific Ocean.

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After the magnitude 7.7 earthquake that occurred on September 19 in Mexicothe interest on the reason that originates all these telluric movements resurfaced.

Hence, many wonder what the Pacific Ring of Fire is, also known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is one of the most seismically active areas in the world.

According to National Geographic, It is a 40 thousand kilometer tectonic chain located in the Pacific Ocean. It marks the boundary of many major plates, including: Pacific, South America, Nazca, North America, Philippines, and Australia.

Mexico is a seismic country, because presents several geological faults throughout the territory and constant seismic activity. About the reason why it is known as “the cradle of earthquakes”, it is because it houses 90% of the seismic activity and concentrates 75% of the active volcanoes in the world.

About which zones the ring of fire advances, in the zone of North America covers the following regions: Mexico, United States, Canada. By Central America travels: Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize and Guatemala, while in South America passes through: Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.

Japan, Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are countries through which this belt passes in Asia. In the region of Oceania tours Tuvalu, Samoa, Solomon Islands and New Zealand.

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