Guide to Geologic Hazards in Alaska - Glossary

Earthquake related hazards
Alaska is one of the most seismically active areas of the world. Our state is bordered by the circum-Pacific seismic belt (commonly known as the Pacific Ring of Fire) which is one of the earth's most active seismic features. Scientists recognize that Alaska has more and bigger earthquakes than any other region of the United States. It is impossible to predict the time and location of the next big earthquake in Alaska, however, the active geology of Alaska guarantees that major earthquakes will occur in the future.