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There are earthquakes each and every day somewhere on Earth.

According to the USGS National Earthquake Center there are over a million earthquakes each year around the world -- that's on average 3,561 per day or 2.5 per minute or one every 24 seconds somewhere in the world. Only a portion of these are recorded (~20 - 30K per year) because most occur over remote areas or in the ocean.

On average only one of those earthquakes is magnitude 8 or higher each year. Worldwide there are on average 15 earthquakes per year with a magnitude 7.0 or higher. The last major earthquake was the 9.0 magnitude quake that hit off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011.

For a complete list see related links below to visit the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program web site.

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