Fact or Fiction: The Ring of Fire Quiz

Fact or Fiction: The Ring of Fire Quiz
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About This Quiz

It burns, burns, burns ... No, this isn't a quiz about Johnny Cash. We're talking about the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean: the volcano and earthquake center of the world. Test your seismic knowledge here.
About half of the world's active volcanoes are located in the Ring of Fire.
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fiction
A full 90 percent of the active volcanoes in the world are in the Ring of Fire.
almost fact: Half of the dormant volcanoes are here, plus 20 percent of the world's active volcanoes.

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About half of the world's earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire.
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fiction
Nope, it's more like 90 percent.
almost fact: Three-quarters of earthquakes happen here.

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Japan was formed by the Pacific plate moving over the Eurasian plate.
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fiction
almost fact: Japan was actually created by subduction -- the Pacific plate moved under the Eurasian plate.
Yes, it was subduction -- the Pacific plate went under the Eurasian plate.

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California's San Andreas Fault is part of the Ring of Fire.
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Yes, the fault line that runs straight through the state is part of the Ring of Fire.
fiction
almost fact: It's part of the smaller Pan-Pacific Earthquake Belt.

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In 1960, an earthquake off the coast of Chile caused a tsunami that traveled all the way to Japan.
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True. The tsunami waves went 10,000 miles and killed 150 people in Japan.
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almost fact: The tsunami actually went to New Zealand.

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One of the most famous Ring of Fire eruptions was Mount Krakatoa, which blew its top in 1905.
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fiction
almost fact: Krakatoa erupted in 1883.
In 1883, Krakatoa -- on an Indonesian island of the same name -- erupted. That and the resulting tsunami killed about 40,000 people.

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The Ring of Fire is about 50,000 miles long.
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fiction
The Ring is approximately 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) long -- in a horseshoe shape all the way around the Pacific Ocean, from New Zealand to Chile.
almost fact: It's actually about 10,000 miles long.

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The earthquake that caused the deadly 2004 tsunami in Indonesia was the second-highest quake ever recorded.
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True. The quake registered at between 9.1 and 9.3 on the Richter scale.
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almost fact: The quake measured only 5.3 on the Richter scale.

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You can ski many of the volcanoes in the Ring of Fire.
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True. There's no ski resort on Mauna Kea, obviously, but adventurous skiers take advantage of the "pineapple powder" that falls on it during the winter. The same is true for at least 250 Ring of Fire volcanoes, according to skimountaineer.com.
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almost fact: You can't ski, but you can snowboard.

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Antarctica is not part of the Ring of Fire because its massive ice sheet makes earthquakes impossible.
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The iciest continent is included in the Ring of Fire, and it has many active volcanoes.
almost fact: Earthquakes can happen in Antarctica, but the continent isn't considered part of the Ring of Fire.

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