Pacific Ring of Fire always active, says expert


Posted at Jan 30 2018 02:06 PM

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There is nothing unusual happening around the earthquake-prone volcanic belt in the Pacific known as the Ring of Fire, an expert said Tuesday. 

Yosuke Aoki, Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute, said the recent volcanic activity in the Philippines and Japan, as well as recent earthquakes in Indonesia and Alaska, should not cause worries since the Ring of Fire is active “all the time.”

“[The] Ring of fire is active all the time, so sometimes there are many eruptions. Sometimes there are no eruptions at all. We don’t have anything to worry about,” he said on ANC’s Early Edition.

Aoki also clarified that recent volcanic activity, such as the rumbling of Mt. Mayon in Albay, and earthquakes around the Pacific Ring of Fire are not related.

“These occur just in coincidence because in general, a volcanic eruption does not trigger any other volcanic eruption… A volcanic eruption is isolated,” he said.