Development of the number of earthquakes (M5+) worldwide from 2000 to 2016

Number of earthquakes worldwide up from 2000 to 2016 The statistic shows the numbers of earthquakes worldwide from 2000 to 2016. In 2016, a total of 1,696 earthquakes, with magnitude of 5 or more, were recorded worldwide.
Additional information on the effects of earthquakes

While the technology used to find the source of and record earthquakes has improved since the 20th Century, the ability of scientists to predict earthquakes is still severely limited. As earthquakes happen numerous times every day, the issue for policy makers and city planners isn´t if an earthquake will occur but how powerful it will be.
Large earthquakes generally result in higher death tools in developing countries or countries where building codes are less stringent. China has suffered from a number of strong earthquakes that have resulted in extremely high death tools. While earthquakes occur around the globe along the various tectonic plate boundaries, a significant proportion occur around the basin of the Pacific Ocean in what is referred to as the Ring of Fire due to the high degree of tectonic activity. Many of the countries on the Ring of Fire including Japan, Chile, the United States and New Zealand led the way in earthquake policy and science as a result.
The tragic loss of life is not the only major negative effect of earthquakes, a number of earthquakes have caused billions of dollars worth of damage to infrastructure and private property. The high cost of damage in the 2011 Fukushima and Christchurch earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand respectively demonstrates that even wealthy developed countries who are experienced in dealing with earthquakes are ill-equipped when the large earthquakes hit.
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Number of earthquakes
20001,505
20011,361
20021,341
20031,358
20041,672
20051,844
20061,865
20072,270
20081,948
20092,057
20102,383
20112,481
20121,523
20131,595
20141,729
20151,565
20161,696
Number of earthquakes
20001,505
20011,361
20021,341
20031,358
20041,672
20051,844
20061,865
20072,270
20081,948
20092,057
20102,383
20112,481
20121,523
20131,595
20141,729
20151,565
20161,696
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The statistic shows the numbers of earthquakes worldwide from 2000 to 2016. In 2016, a total of 1,696 earthquakes, with magnitude of 5 or more, were recorded worldwide.
Additional information on the effects of earthquakes

While the technology used to find the source of and record earthquakes has improved since the 20th Century, the ability of scientists to predict earthquakes is still severely limited. As earthquakes happen numerous times every day, the issue for policy makers and city planners isn´t if an earthquake will occur but how powerful it will be.
Large earthquakes generally result in higher death tools in developing countries or countries where building codes are less stringent. China has suffered from a number of strong earthquakes that have resulted in extremely high death tools. While earthquakes occur around the globe along the various tectonic plate boundaries, a significant proportion occur around the basin of the Pacific Ocean in what is referred to as the Ring of Fire due to the high degree of tectonic activity. Many of the countries on the Ring of Fire including Japan, Chile, the United States and New Zealand led the way in earthquake policy and science as a result.
The tragic loss of life is not the only major negative effect of earthquakes, a number of earthquakes have caused billions of dollars worth of damage to infrastructure and private property. The high cost of damage in the 2011 Fukushima and Christchurch earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand respectively demonstrates that even wealthy developed countries who are experienced in dealing with earthquakes are ill-equipped when the large earthquakes hit.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2000 to 2016
Supplementary notes
Data represents earthquakes with magnitude of 5 or more.

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