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Is a Massive Earthquake on the Way? Ring of Fire Activity Sparks Fears of a 'Big One' After Earthquake and Aftershock Rattle Oregon Coast
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Is a Massive Earthquake on the Way? Ring of Fire Activity Sparks Fears of a 'Big One' After Earthquake and Aftershock Rattle Oregon Coast

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U.S. Geological Survey

COOS BAY, OREGON – August 23, 2018

The Ring of Fire is heating up and soon it could be hot for everyone!

Earthquake activity has returned to the Pacific Ring of Fire and now a series of strong earthquakes have backed up fears that a huge tremor is on the way.

 Over the past few weeks more than 70 earthquakes have hit the Ring of Fire, including quakes near Oregon 6.2 points, Vanuatu 6.7 points and Venezuela 7.3 points that have that happened in the last 24 hours.

There may also be the possibility of a 'big one' in the immediate area. A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned that the risk of 'the big one' hitting California has increased dramatically.

Researchers analysed the latest data from the state's complex system of active geological faults, as well as new methods for translating these data into earthquake likelihoods.

The estimate for the likelihood that California will experience a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years has increased from about 4.7% to about 7.0%, they say.

'We are fortunate that seismic activity in California has been relatively low over the past century,' said Tom Jordan, Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center and a co-author of the study.

And now an earthquake and aftershock struck off the coast of south-central Oregon, CBS affiliate KOIN reports.

The United States Geological Survey reports the initial quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, occurred just after 1:30 a.m. local time. It was centered more than 170 miles (264 kilometers) west of Coos Bay, about 220 miles southwest of Portland. Despite the fact that there have been no reports of damage or injury, this last powerful earthquake caused fear and apprehension among the population. They fear that it could be a sign of an impending Big One  which could hit a fault line, known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone that lies about 70 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, putting the region at risk of earthquakes and potentially destructive tsunami. 

Experts have been warning for some time that there's a big earthquake brewing in California and the shaking around the Ring of Fire could be a precursor to this.

Seismologist Lucy Jones from the US Geological Survey warned recently that people need to accept the fact that a catastrophe is imminent, and prepare themselves accordingly. 

Dr Jones said our decision to not accept it will only mean more people suffer as scientists warn the 'Big One' is now overdue to hit California.

Dr Jones, who is from the US Geological Survey said there are three key reasons why the peril is so frightening - it cannot be seen, it is uncertain and it seems unknowable.

This means people bury their heads in the sand and pretend it won't happen.

Author: USA Really