Volcanoes on ‘Ring of Fire’ remind Asia of its seismic peril

FILE – This Oct. 1, 2017, file photo provided by GeoHazards Division, Vanuatu Meteorological and GeoHazards Department, shows an aerial view of the volcanic cone that has formed in Lake Vui near the summit of Ambae Island, Vanuatu. The horse shoe shaped string of active volcanos bounding the Pacific Ocean has lived up to its “Ring of Fire” calling card in the past month, sparking mass evacuations in Indonesia and Vanuatu and now setting parts of south-western Japan on edge. The 450 or so volcanos that make up the Ring of Fire are an outline of where the massive Pacific Plate is grinding against other plates that make up the earth’s crust, creating a 40,000 kilometer-long (25,000 mile) zone prone to frequent earthquakes and eruptions. (Brad Scott/GeoHazards Divison, VMGD via AP, File)

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