Pacific is the name of the vast ocean west of North and South America and east of Asia and Australia. Pacific means 'leading to or promoting peace' or 'calm and peaceful by nature'.
Seems a tad ironic if you take a look at the web site listed at the top of this entry. Amazing that almost all of the techtonic activity on the planet is located on the shores of this vast 'peaceful' caldera filled with water, fishes, mammals, and islands.
Not precisely pacific..to be sure. Except for the activity in the Carribean, this week, the thrusting shifting plates, each finding its way with force, is centered in this vast area of the globe.