Forecasters begin using names in 1950. In that year and in 1951, names were from the international phonetic alphabet in use at the time – Able, Baker, Charlie, etc. Female, English-language names were used beginning in 1953. Alternating male and female names were first used to name Atlantic Basin hurricanes in 1979.
Why Japan has so Many Earthquakes. Japan is located along the Pacific “ring of fire”, on the edges of several continental and oceanic tectonic plates. This is an area of high seismic and volcanic activity from New Zealand, up through Japan, across to Alaska, and down the west coasts of North and South America.