10 Fascinating Facts About Earthquakes

#5. The Earthquake Weather

earthquake weather

By 李元顥 [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Some people believe March to be the month of earthquakes, however, that isn’t true. There is no specific weather that could impact the occurrence of earthquakes. This is because the changes in barometric pressure of atmosphere due to seasons is very small compared to changes in the Earth’s crust.

#6. There are approximately 500,000 earthquakes a year

Around the world, there are as many as 500,000 earthquakes every year. However, not all of them are felt with only 100,000 being felt and about 100 causing extensive damage. In fact, the southern California region of the US experiences around 10,000 earthquakes every year with most of them going undetected.

#7. The Pacific Ring of Fire

The Pacific Ring of Fire

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The Pacific Ring of Fire (home to 452 volcanoes) circles the Pacific Ocean while touching coasts of North and South America, China, Russia and Japan. It is the most geologically active region of the Earth’s surface. Due to major plate collisions, majority of earthquakes occur here.

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