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.

A full 90 percent of the active volcanoes in the world are in the Ring of Fire.

About half of the world's earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire.

Nope, it's more like 90 percent.

Japan was formed by the Pacific plate moving over the Eurasian plate.

Yes, it was subduction -- the Pacific plate went under the Eurasian plate.

California's San Andreas Fault is part of the Ring of Fire.

Yes, the fault line that runs straight through the state is part of the Ring of Fire.

In 1960, an earthquake off the coast of Chile caused a tsunami that traveled all the way to Japan.

True. The tsunami waves went 10,000 miles and killed 150 people in Japan.

One of the most famous Ring of Fire eruptions was Mount Krakatoa, which blew its top in 1905.

In 1883, Krakatoa -- on an Indonesian island of the same name -- erupted. That and the resulting tsunami killed about 40,000 people.

The Ring of Fire is about 50,000 miles long.

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.

The earthquake that caused the deadly 2004 tsunami in Indonesia was the second-highest quake ever recorded.

True. The quake registered at between 9.1 and 9.3 on the Richter scale.

You can ski many of the volcanoes in the Ring of Fire.

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.

Antarctica is not part of the Ring of Fire because its massive ice sheet makes earthquakes impossible.

The iciest continent is included in the Ring of Fire, and it has many active volcanoes.

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