2018 has seemed like a busy year for volcanoes. Mount Mayon in the Philippines spewed ash into the sky for over a month. The eruption of Mount Sinabung, in Indonesia, was seen from space and Guatemala’s Fuego volcano killed more than 100 people in June. Turns out, the amount of activity is pretty normal. Scientists say that on average 10-20 volcanoes are erupting at any given time. What’s more interesting is where they are situated.
All three of these volcanoes are located along the edges of the Pacific Ocean in a stretch called the “Ring of Fire.” The band, which spans about 40,000 kilometers, not only has the largest concentration of volcanoes in the world, it’s also where most of the earthquakes and tsunamis occur.
For countries located along the Ring of Fire, the question is not if a natural disaster will occur, it’s when.