What is the Pacific Ring of Fire? The facts, causes and countries affected
Recently the United States has been rocked by eight earthquakes in quick succession, with three tremors hitting in California and others felt in Oklahoma Alaska, Nebraska and Texas.
The quake was the strongest felt in Southern California for more than four years.
The US Geological Survey said back in 2008 that there was a 99% chance of a huge quake hitting California, which sits on the infamous “Ring of Fire”, in the not to distant future. Alaska in the US also sits in the Ring of Fire, which causes many volcano eruptions and earthquakes.
California also lies on the San Andreas fault, where two of the earth’s huge tectonic plates meet…
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When Maritza Stanchich, a professor of Caribbean studies at the University of Puerto Rico, arrived at the plaza in San Juan carrying a stack of papers from the newspaper across town, people from all over the neighborhood ran to her with open arms.
It had been five days since anyone she knew had read the news. After Hurricane Maria struck the US territory on September 20, a crippling blackout descended over its 3.4 million residents, cutting communication with loved ones, spoiling food and life-saving medications, and nixing access to banks and clean water…