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The Pacific Ring Of Fire Is Bound For More Earthquakes And Tsunamis: Is It Too Late To Prevent It?

By Sai , Dec 20, 2016 03:51 PM EST
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Due to a huge oceanic hole discovered near Australia, scientists have recently warned that it could potentially cause apocalyptic mega-earthquakes and massive tsunamis. The rip in the sea floor runs through the Ring of Fire which is highly noted for being a hazardous spot in the Pacific Ocean known for deadly quakes and volcanic activity. That being said, is there still something that we can do to save ourselves from these phenomenon?

The Pacific Ring Of Fire And The Huge Rip In The Ocean Floor: What's The Link?

According to reports revealed by The Sun, the discovery of just how big the new fault is, 60,000 square kilometers in size and off the north coast of Australia, has just confirmed fears that a huge tremor is imminent. Experts have been aware of its existence for 90 years but struggled to figure out how the tear in the Earth's crust got there, and how far it stretched.

In one of their statements, study lead researcher Jonathan Pownall from the Australian National University  has revealed that their study has found that a 7 km-deep abyss beneath the Banda Sea off eastern Indonesia was formed by extension along what might be Earth's largest-identified exposed fault plane. Unilad reports that experts dub it as the Banda Detachment and it is the biggest fault on our planet. Geologists have now discovered the fault runs through an area in the Pacific Ocean of high volcanic activity, aptly named The Ring of Fire.

Furthermore, it was found that geologists have long been aware of the fault for 90 years but this new research, through the analysis' high resolution maps of the sea floor where the abyss occurs, has revealed its vast nature and the dangers it poses to the globe. Ultimately, Mr. Pownall claimed that in an area where extreme tsunami is known, knowledge of major faults such as the Banda Detachment, which could make big earthquakes when they slip, is fundamental to being able to properly assess tectonic hazards.

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