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Actually this year we are right in the normal category for the number of earthquakes expected to occur.

The average number of quakes worldwide varies by magnitude.

Magnitude 7 to 7.9 about 17 is the average.

There have been 5 as of Apr 14, 2010.

It goes up from there.

Magnitude 6 to 6.9 is 134 quakes.

There have been 58, as of Apr 14, 2010.


5 to 5.9 is 1319 quakes.

There have been 704 as of Apr 14, 2010.

There are a few reasons why it seems there are more than usual.

1. When a particularly damaging Quake or natural disaster happens it heightens the public and the news community's awareness, and brings the occurrences to the spotlight more.

2. The quakes so far have happened in more densely populated areas of the world, so the human toll on life and suffering is greater than when a quake happens in an uninhabited area.

The real problem is that humans have short lives and short memories, while the time span for "average" goes back to when someone decided to keep track of earthquakes.

The world population has increased so much that any earthquake will happen in a more populated area than in years past. We have to have a sense of perspective, though that does not mean that if we shorten the "average" time to the last 100 years that we would not see a significant increase in activity.

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How many earthquakes have there been in 2010?

On average, there are roughly 20,000 - 30,000 recorded earthquakes every year. There were 21,546 recorded earthquakes in 2010 around the world according to the USGS. Note many go undetected because they hit remote areas or have very small magnitudes so the actual numbers are much greater.You can visit the site below to see lists on recorded earthquakes in the year 2010 as well as past years.

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How many earthquakes have so far hit christchurch since Saturday 5th September 2010?

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