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What is the Ring of Fire?

Published On: Jul 28 2011 10:16:09 AM CDT

The Pacific Ring of Fire is an area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions encircling the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

The intense seismic earthquake and volcanic activity stretches from New Zealand, along the eastern edge of Asia, north across the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and south along the coast of North and South America.

The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home of over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.

Also, ninety percent of the world's earthquakes and 81% of the world's largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.