Seismic tension continues to mount in the volatile region of the planet known as the Ring of Fire, where more than 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur, and more than 81% of the largest magnitude earthquakes occur. The extraordinary and precipitous rise in the number of large magnitude earthquakes is both astounding and alarming. On average, only about fifteen 7+ magnitude earthquakes strike the planet each year. However, here’s what scientists had to say about it: “If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.
No, earthquakes are not becoming more common, people just have better ways of getting information than before. Today, when there is an earthquake, there are images blasted immediately all over the world. We no longer have to wait for tomorrow's paper in order to see only one image from the event.
We have had so many earthquakes in the recent past, including the latest one in Fiji, but still they are not as common as they they were in the 17th an 18th centuries. Geologist records show that during these era earthquakes were very common unlike today where we have areas that were prone to those natural occurrences becoming dormant.
No, large earthquakes are not becoming more common. It seems that large earthquakes are occurring at the rate in which they always have throughout recent history. However, smaller earthquakes are becoming much more common, especially in the American heartland. This is because of the increased use of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking.