Reaching from Chile up to the Bering Sea, then down again to New Zealand, the fault lines circling the Pacific Ocean are named The Pacific Ring of Fire and are collectively responsible for many fo the world’s most devastating earthquakes, including the giant tsnumai that obliterated seaside communities in Japan last year.   The scientific community is fighting back with a plan to drill into the ring of fire to better understand what triggers the earthquakes that produce such destructive waves.

The following is a video update on the drillship Chikyu’s preparation to depart on this scientific endeavor.

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