Explore the great boundary in the earth’s crust where more than three-fourth’s of the world’s active volcanoes are located.

Synopsis

An exploration around the fiery Pacific Rim, Ring of Fire examines the geological causes of volcanoes and how people have adapted to living in their shadow. Half a billion people dwell on this fiery boundary which circles 30,000 miles around the Pacific Rim. Spectacular volcanic eruptions are featured, including Mount St. Helens, Navidad in Chile, Sakurajima in Japan, and Mount Merapi in Indonesia. Extensive aerial photography and computer animation help tell the story of the geologic forces that impact the ring. Viewers will witness the annual evacuation drill held on the Japanese volcanic island of Sakurajima, on the anniversary of the cataclysmic eruption in 1914. The Sakurajima volcano is still active, menacing the 7,000 people of Sakurajima with frequent ash falls and the danger of more serious eruptions. A team of geologists, anthropologists, computer animators and filmmakers worked for over seven years to explore the great boundary in the earth’s crust where more than three-fourth’s of the world’s active volcanoes are located.

Reviews

“…From scenes of a fiery volcanic eruption in Hawaii to staggering views of flattened forests on Mount St. Helens… takes viewers on an awe-inspiring journey around the globe to witness the power of nature.”
– The Philadelphia Inquirer

“…While keeping the audience visually spellbound, Ring of Fire also informs and educates through refreshingly unobtrusive—and admirably restrained—narration…More than a remarkable film—it’s a remarkable adventure—an a film.”
– San Diego Union-Tribune

“A volcano is an immensely potent force, and so is this film”
– Star Tribune, St. Paul

Merchandise
Trailer
  • …From scenes of a fiery volcanic eruption in Hawaii to staggering views of flattened forests on Mount St. Helens… takes viewers on an awe-inspiring journey around the globe to witness the power of nature.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
Details

Produced by Graphic Films Corporation for the Science Museum of Minnesota, Museum Educational Productions, Inc., and the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center.

Release date: 1991

Runtime: 38 minutes

Format: 15/70, 8/70, 10/70, Dome-customized 15/70

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