Earth is an active place and earthquakes are always happening somewhere.

In fact, the National Earthquake Information Center locates about 12,000-14,000 earthquakes each year!

This fact sheet illustrates information on the frequency of earthquakes of various magnitudes, along with details on the effects of earthquakes and the equivalent energy release.

On average, Magnitude 2 and smaller earthquakes occur several hundred times a day world wide. Major earthquakes, greater than magnitude 7, happen more than once per month.

“Great earthquakes”, magnitude 8 and higher, occur about once a year.

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