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The Ring of Fire is where majority of the Earth’s volcanic activity and earthquakeshappen. The Ring of Fire is located along the countries that border the Pacific Ocean. It goesfrom the coast of the Australia to Asia across to North America down to South America. It isroughly twenty-five thousand miles long that encompasses several tectonic plates. The ring ofFire is important because it is home for about seventy-five percent of the world’s volcanoes.Also it has seen some of the world most destructive natural disasters in the world. Since the1800’s major volcanic activity has taking place here such as: Mount Ruiz in 1985, MountTambora in 1815, Mount St. Helens in 1980 which is one of the most damaging volcaniceruption in North America. The reason there are so many earthquakes here is because of theseveral tectonic plates rubbing and crashing into each other. For example, the San Andres faultis a result of the Pacific plate and the North America plate basically grinding past each other.

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