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Earthquake Facts and Statistics

Frequency of Occurrence of Earthquakes

Descriptor Magnitude - Average Annually

Great 8 and higher 1

Major 7 - 7.9 17

Strong 6 - 6.9 134

Moderate 5 - 5.9 1319

(The following are estimated)

Light 4 - 4.9 13,000

Minor 3 - 3.9 130,000

Very Minor 2 - 2.9 1,300,000

Source: U.S. Geological Survey

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