November 9, 2012 – NOAA Global Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Eruption Database: The world map above reflects significant global earthquakes with a magnitude greater than or equal to 6.0 to 9.1, from 2150 B.C. to November 8, 2012 – 4,162 years. The legend for these events appears in the lower left of the graphic. Notice how the earthquakes generally follow the boundaries of the tectonic plates, especially around the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” North and South America are outlined along the Eastern “Ring of Fire” especially the Western U.S., Central America, and the west coast of South America.
The world map above shows 4,012 significant global tsunamis. The legend appears in the lower left of the map. This map is similar to the earthquake map, only the oceans and sea are the primary targets of these devastating events. The Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea are noteworthy.
The world map above plots 3,762 years of volcanic eruptions from 1,750 B.C. to 2012. The deaths legend is shown in the lower left. Again, the most eruptions occurred around the Ring of Fire, with a scattering in Africa, Europe and Iceland. Indonesia and Japan have the majority of the eruptions.
From earthquakes to tsunamis to volcanic eruptions; our dynamic planet is very active when viewed over thousands of years.
Where and when will the next significant event take place?
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