Infographic of the Day: Number of Yearly Earthquakes Worldwide Over Magnitude 5.0 from 2000 to 2014

June 9th, 2014
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An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves.

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Earthquakes are measured using observations from seismometers. The moment magnitude is the most common scale on which earthquakes larger than approximately 5 are reported for the entire globe. The more numerous earthquakes smaller than magnitude 5 reported by national seismological observatories are measured mostly on the local magnitude scale, also referred to as the Richter scale.

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Bar chart of earthquake frequency at different magnitudes.


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