A series of 70 major earthquakes that have occurred around the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire has prompted fears that California may be hit by the dreaded "Big One", an anticipated earthquake with a magnitude powerful enough to have catastrophic consequences for the state. The sequence of earthquakes struck Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan and Fiji, but so far no major seismic activity has been reported in California. But could this recent rash of earthquakes mean that the "Big One" could be close behind?
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Ask anyone what the highest point on the planet is, and they’ll likely respond with the Himalayas’ famous Mount Everest. And indeed, it is: Mount Everest stands 29,029 ft (8,848 meters) above sea level. But this well-known bit of knowledge is based on the old assumption that the Earth is a sphere, when, in fact, it actually isn’t quite that round. When one takes this factor into account, Everest’s reign at the top of the world appears to to come up short.
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Despite the advanced technology devoted to the monitoring of seismic and volcanic activity, the unexpected eruption of the Japanese volcano Mount Ontake proves that Nature can still surprise us.

The unexpected eruption led to a heavy death toll; there are 36 people confirmed dead and many other were injured as 250 hikers were caught unawares by a deluge of red hot hail and rocks.The search for the bodies of the unfortunate hikers has now had to be called off amidst fears that the eruption is intensifying. Reports from the Japanese meteorological agency stated that volcanic tremors in the area could mean that another explosion was on the way.
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Our beleaguered climate is enough trouble without the effects of any other destabilizing factors; however, another huge volcano is predicted to erupt and unleash clouds of volcanic ash into the atmosphere in the very near future.

The volcano, one of the largest in Iceland, has been showing signs of awakening since August 16th since a spate of significant seismic activity – more than 3000 earthquakes in its locality – was detected by the Icelandic Meteorological Office.
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