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.
Most earthquakes occur at depths of less than 80 km (50 miles) from the Earth’s surface. The San Andreas fault is NOT a single, continuous fault, but rather is actually a fault zone made up of many segments. Movement may occur along any of the many fault segments along the zone at any time.
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.
Millions of earthquakes can occur daily, but they're too weak to reach the scale or be felt. Europe hasn't experienced any of the world's deadliest earthquakes since 1999 in Turkey.
On average, more than 10 earthquakes less than 4.5 (Richter Scale) happen on a daily basis. Also, 5 earthquakes greater than or equal to 6.5 in magnitude occur every 4 years.
The world's largest earthquake belt, the circum-Pacific seismic belt, is found along the rim of the Pacific Ocean, where about 81% of the world's largest earthquakes occur.
Earthquakes Today brings you the world's recent and latest earthquakes. Worldwide there are around 1400 earthquakes each day (500,000 each year). 275 of these can actually be felt. The largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 (Mw) in Chile on May 22, 1960.
There have been: (M1.5 or greater) 303 earthquakes in the past 24 hours 2,611 earthquakes in the past 7 days; 11,903 earthquakes in the past 30 days; 68,732 earthquakes in the past 365 days
About Latest Earthquakes Version Info Clicking the list icon in the top right corner will load the earthquake list. Clicking the map icon in the top right corner will load the map. Clicking the options icon in the top right corner lets you change which earthquakes are displayed, and many other map and list options.
Relative annual energy release from earthquakes, magnitude 6 or greater, 1900-2010. Estimated total annual earthquake energy release (magnitude 8 earthquake = 1 = 1,000 magnitude 6 earthquakes) in red; 7-year average in grey.