„Earthquakes in diverse places.” The truly amazing earthquake paradox of the last 114 years.
Written and analyzed by Gary Walton
We are constantly being told on the Internet and by the media that earthquakes are increasing and they are, well earthquakes of certain sizes are increasing but some earthquakes are actually decreasing, it sounds crazy but it’s true!
While earthquakes measuring Magnitude 6 to 6.9 have increased by an incredible 450% since the bench mark year of 1900, a rise of „Biblical proportions,” earthquakes larger than 6.9 have feared much worse and have actually decreased slightly since 1900.
I accessed the earthquake information web-site USGS and downloaded every quake of a magnitude 6 or greater and fed the information into a series of graphs, the results as you can see above and below are outstanding!
This rise of 450% in M6-6.9 quakes can not be put down to technology because a similar rise would also show on the larger quakes but as you can see they have actually decreased.
Significant years stand out on the graph which show substantial „jumps” in numbers breaking away from previous levels.
In 1920 for instance the worlds least number of M6+ quakes just 18, was recorded which is an astonishing low amount compared to today’s figures.
For almost 50 years M6+, M7+ and M8+ remained constant and in almost equal amounts then in 1949, M6-6.9 suddenly increase in numbers while the larger quakes simultaneously begin to decrease.
Again in 1965 a huge increase in M6-6.9 quakes, more than double the amounts of the previous 65 years, but any earthquake bigger than M6.9 remained remarkably stable.
And then the year 2011 produced an unprecedented number of large quakes, 205 in all, 185 M6-6.9, 19 M7-7.9 and 1 M8-9.9.
Earthquakes around the globe then are indeed increasing rapidly except, it would seem for earthquakes in the M7-9.9 category which have decreased slightly and the M5-5.9 category which have remained remarkably stable, see below.
Small quakes also provide a contradiction
We have another remarkable paradox the number of earthquakes of M5-5.9 or smaller, you can see on the graph below offers another fascinating contradiction.
Magnitude 5 to 5.9 remain remarkably steady since 1960, actually a small reduction in the 90’s, while Magnitude 4 and 3 quakes have exploded since the 70.s
Note there was no data for these smaller quakes before 1960.
In the 10 year period 1900/09 our planet averaged 28.9 quakes of M6 or larger
In the following ten year period 1910/19 our planet averaged 32
1920/29 averaged 31.7
1930/39 averaged 37.8
1940/49 averaged 46.6
1950/59 averaged 45.1
1960/69 averaged 65.5
1970/79 averaged 103.1
1980/89 averaged 108.5
1990/99 averaged 149.2
2000/09 averaged 161.1
the years 2010 to 2014 are so far averaging 161.
With two weeks to go this year has produced 152 quakes of Magnitude 6 or greater
November had 12 quakes of M6 or more.
October had 8 quakes of M6 or more the biggest being M7.3 WSW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua.
September had 8 quakes of M6 or more.
August had 9 quakes of M6 or more.
July had 18 quakes of M6 or more.
June had 16 quakes of M6 or more.
May had 18 quakes of M6 or more.
April had 26 quakes of M6 or more, the biggest was a magnitude 8.2– 94km NW of Iquique, Chile on the second of April
March had 17 quakes of M6 or more.
February had 8 quakes of M6 or more.
January had 6 quakes of M6 or more
2014 Has already surpassed the number of quakes in 2012- 133 and 2013 which registered 143.
The most large quakes in a month this year by a long long way was April with 26, coincidentally April was also the month of the first blood moon of this Tetrad. January had the least quakes with 6.