After a series of tremors in the past few weeks, particularly in the western States of the US, experts are warning that the Ring of Fire is on on the brink of releasing some of the most “dangerous” earthquakes the world has ever seen.
The Ring of Fire is the largest and most active fault line in the world, stretching from New Zealand, all around the east coast of Asia, over to Canada and the USA and all the way down to the southern tip of South America and causes more than 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes.
In the last week, there have been notable quakes in California and Alaska, which has people concerned that a huge tremor is on the way.
Some people have taken to Twitter to express their concerns, following the smaller quakes, believing that it is a precursor to more damaging earthquakes.
Twitter user Arianna wrote: “All these little earthquakes just leading up to the big earthquake soon that destroys us”.
Now, experts have chimed in with their analysis and believe that the Big One is on its way, and even a quake around magnitude five could case widespread damage to a highly populated place such California.
John Vidale, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center told the LA Times: “A 5.3 could be damaging if it was right under our feet.
“It’s right on the edge of being an earthquake that could be dangerous. It’s a reminder that we need to be ready in the future.”
Also in California sits the San Andreas fault, where two huge plates meet.
This has also caused many earthquakes over the years, including the recent 5.3 magnitude tremor striking just off the Pacific coast on April 6, rattling Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Researchers believe that the San Andreas fault is overdue the ‘Big One’ – a potentially catastrophic earthquake which could cause widespread destruction in the southwest of the US.
Last year, Robert Graves, a research geophysicist at the USGS, said that the Big One could be overdue by 10 years.
He told Raw Story: “The San Andreas fault in southern California last had a major quake in 1857 (magnitude 7.9).
“Studies that have dated previous major offsets along the fault trace show that there have been about 10 major quakes over the past 1,000-2,000 years.
“The average time between these quakes is about 100-150 years.”