earthquake-stress-global-tepAs the above map indicates, seismic stress factors appear to be building along the Alpide Belt and across the ever-volatile Pacific Ring of Fire. 97% of the earthquakes on the planet occur in these two densely-populous regions. The occurrence of large earthquake events could continue, as tectonic plates across the globe readjust to the recent flurry of seismic unrest. People living in the regions of Mexico and Central America should also remain alert for the outbreak of moderate to large-scale seismic events that could come on the heels of these recent events. -TEP