The Pacific Rim is a geographical term used to describe land located along the rim of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Rim overlaps the Pacific Ring of Fire – an area in the Pacific Ocean where volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. The Pacific Rim is also part of the Pacific Basin, which includes all lands in the Pacific Rim and all islands in the Pacific Ocean.
There are many nations and territories that are designated as part of the Pacific Rim. In Oceania, nations include Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. In North America, the nations that are part of the Pacific Rim are Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In Central America, these nations are part of the Pacific Rim: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. In South America, these nations are part of this geographical region: Chila, Colombia, and Peru.
In Asia, the following countries are considered part of the Pacific Rim: China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, North Korea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. In addition to the countries listed, the following dependent territories are also part of the Pacific Rim: American Samoa, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Cook Islands, Easter Island, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Pitcairn Islands, Tokelau, and Wallis and Futuna.