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Impact/Intensity levels
Earthquake impact level
Impact level of recent earthquakes on our world.
Level is determined every 15 minutes and is related to the amount of relevant messages on the internet.
Earthquake intensity level
The number of magnitude 5+ earthquakes in the past 7 days. The colors indicate normal intensity (green), above normal (yellow) or way above normal (red).
Normal average is 33 (5+) earthquakes per 7 days (determined over the period 2000 - 2010).
Tsunami impact level
Impact level of recent tsunamis/ tsunami warnings on our world.
Level is determined every 15 minutes and is related to the amount of relevant messages on the internet.
Earthquakes today
There are around 500,000 earthquakes each year. 100,000 of these can actually be felt. The largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 (Mw) in Chile on May 22, 1960. The world's deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1556 in central China. It struck a region where most people lived in caves carved from soft rock. These dwellings collapsed during the earthquake, killing an estimated 830,000 people.
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Richter scale table
Richter magnitudes Description Earthquake effects Frequency of occurrence
Less than 2.0 Micro Microearthquakes, not felt. About 8,000 per day
2.0-2.9 Minor Generally not felt, but recorded. About 1,000 per day
3.0-3.9 Very Light Often felt, but rarely causes damage. 49,000 per year (est.)
4.0-4.9 Light Noticeable shaking of indoor items, rattling noises. Significant damage unlikely. 6,200 per year (est.)
5.0-5.9 Moderate Can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions. 800 per year
6.0-6.9 Strong Can be destructive in areas up to about 160 kilometres (100 mi) across in populated areas. 120 per year
7.0-7.9 Major Can cause serious damage over larger areas. 18 per year
8.0-8.9 Great Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred miles across. 1 per year
9.0-9.9 Extreme Devastating in areas several thousand miles across.
1 per 20 years
10.0+ Epic Never recorded.
Extremely rare (Unknown)

EarthquakesToday.info 2013 Credits: USGS (usgs.gov)