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How many earthquakes occur each day?

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The United States Geological Survey estimates that there are around 50 earthquakes per day in the world that can be located. This amounts to around 20,000 earthquakes annually.

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Many earthquakes are undetected by the USGS; in fact, the organization estimates that around several million earthquakes occur around the globe annually. Annually, an average of one earthquake of a magnitude 8 or higher occurs, while around 15 earthquakes ranging from 7 to 7.9 occur. As many as 1.3 million earthquakes measuring 2 to 2.9 in intensity occur annually. This information is based on observations of data from the year 1900 and beyond.

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