Earthquakes…Did You Know?

By  | November 30, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Earthquakes…Did You Know?Earthquakes can be scary. They cause widespread death and destruction, and make you realise that mankind may consider itself to be highly developed, but Nature always has the upper hand.

Just a few facts about earthquakes…just to shake you up:

Each year, about 20,000 earthquakes are recorded by The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) around the world. That’s about 50 a day although there are Millions of earthquakes go unrecorded each year because they are too weak; in fact, it is estimated that some part of the world is affected by an earthquake once every thirty seconds.

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New Madrid Earthquake

The rim of the Pacific Ocean, called the “Ring of Fire” is affected by almost 80% of all the planet’s earthquakes.  The Ring of Fire is home to over 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes – a total of 452 volcanoes! It is also because of this increased volcanic activity that the region experiences more earthquakes in comparison to other places on Earth.

The deadliest earthquake to ever strike the planet was on the 23rd of January, 1556 in Shaanxi, China, which is believed to have killed approximately 830,000 people. The magnitude of the quake is believed to have been about 8.3. The quake was centered in the middle of a highly populated area, and this led to a heavy loss to life. Houses and streets were also destroyed, with crevices of up to 60 feet opening up in the earth in some places and the largest earthquake in the world was recorded in Chile on May 22, 1960, and had a magnitude of 9.5.

The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812, one of the most powerful in US history, were so strong that they led to reversal of the Mississippi River’s flow, led to church bells ringing in Boston, and cracked sidewalks in Washington D.C. and was said to have rang the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

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