Get Ready for Monday's Ring of Fire Premiere with Some Hot Volcano Facts
03.06.13 by REELZ
The disaster mini-series Ring of Fire premieres Monday, March 11th, and it depicts an end-of-the-world scenario that involves an eruption in a small town setting off a series of volcanic events. In honor of this explosive mini, we dug up some volcanic facts, and it turns out that active volcanoes are anything but rare.
• The Smithsonian Institute’s Global Volcanism Program estimates that there are at least a thousand identified magma systems on land that are likely to erupt at some time in the future.
• It is estimated that in the past 300 years, more than 260,000 people have died from volcanic eruptions.
• The BBC says that 1 out of 10 people worldwide live within the “danger range” of an active volcano.
• About 10 percent of the more than 1,500 volcanoes that have erupted in the past 10,000 years are located in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
• Magma and ash aren’t the only dangers of a supervolcano. According to a volcano expert on NatGeo, a supervolcano would likely also result in a volcanic winter which could cause “total harvest failure,” the eradication of many species, and would leave “mankind …teetering on the edge.”
See what happens when Ring of Fire lets loose on Reelz. Catch the premiere Monday with three chances to watch starting at 8p ET/5p PT.
Ring of Fire Premieres Monday 8p ET/5p PT
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