(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TREVIA GENEUS)
About 500,000 Earthquakes Occur Every Year
Strong earthquakes are infrequent and become big news when they occur, but there are actually 500,000 earthquakes detected every year around the world, and about 100,000 of those are strong enough to be felt, according to the United States Geological Survey. Of the 100,000 earthquakes that are actually felt, about 100 of them will be strong enough to cause damage.
Most of these earthquakes will occur around the “Ring of Fire” where seismic activity is plentiful due to an abundance of plate movement. These earthquakes cause catastrophic tsunamis that hit coastal regions with huge waves of water and landslides in mountainous regions that damage roads and other structures.