Volcanic eruption
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  • A volcano is an opening in the earth’s crust, where gases and lava can escape
  • Volcanoes are usually found where the earth’s tectonic plates meet
  • There are around 1,500 active volcanoes in the world today
  • A volcano is considered “active” if it has erupted within the last 10,000 years
  • 75% of the world’s active volcanoes are located in the Pacific Ring of Fire
  • The Pacific Ring of Fire stretches from New Zealand, along the eastern edge of Asia, across the Aleutian Islands (Alaska) and south across the coast of North and South America. The ring of fire runs along the edge of the Pacific plate.

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