Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Living in the Ring of Fire
Kawaakibb is the screen name of a blogger living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. On October 26, 2010, two major disasters struck her country at the same time, as the volcano Mt. Merapi erupted and an earthquake led to a tsunami striking the Mentawai archipelago. This led her to write Living in the Ring of Fire, which combines some basic geology with her personal experience of growing up near the intersection of three tectonic plates (or four -- the Philippine Plate is often considered part of the Pacific Plate). A more detailed description and useful maps can be found in Professor Robert Hall's article Indonesia, Geology.