10 Interesting Earthquake Facts

28. June 2015

1. There are about 500,000 earthquakes a year around the world, as detected by sensitive instruments. About 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 or so cause damage each year.

2. A city in Chile moved 10 feet in the massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake Feb. 27, 2010.

3. There’s no such thing as “earthquake weather.” Statistically, there is an equal distribution of earthquakes in cold weather, hot weather, rainy weather, and so on.

4. The Pacific Ring of Fire is the most geologically active region of Earth.

5. The largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 in Chile on May 22, 1960.

6. Quakes on one side of Earth can shake the other side.

7. San Francisco is moving toward Los Angeles at the rate of about 2 inches per year — the same pace as the growth of your fingernails.

8. Oil extraction can cause minor earthquakes. When oil is removed other rock moves in to fill the void, creating “mini-seismic events”.

9. Earth has been more seismologically active in the past 15 years.

10. The deadliest earthquake ever struck January 23, 1556 in Shansi, China. Some 830,000 are estimated to have died.


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