Shocking Earthquake Trivia

NOTE: If you would like to contribute to the relief effort in Haiti, go directly to UNICEF, or try some of these helpful links from MSNBC.

Despite the unprecedented devastation surrounding the recent earthquake in Haiti, this was actually the sixth significant global earthquake of 2010, according to the rock-solid folks at the U.S. Geological Survey. Not only that, earthquakes of that magnitude (7.0-7.9 on the Richter Scale)  occur on average 17 times per year. But wait, there’s more! Little rinky dink earthquakes measuring 2.0-2.9 on the Richter Scale are estimated to occur over 1.3 million times throughout the year. You can’t stop it. Don’t even pretend like you can.

Anywho, this earthquake in Haiti reached a magnitude of 7.0, which doesn’t even come close to the top 10 largest earthquakes in history:

1. Chile, 1960 (9.5)

2. Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1964 (9.2)

3. Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, 2004 (9.1)

4. Kamchatka, 1952 (9.0)

5. Off the coast of Ecuador, 1906, (9.1)

6. Rat Islands, Alaska, 1965 (8.7)

7. Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, 2005 (8.6)

8. Assam, Tibet, 1950 (8.6)

9. Andreanof Islands, Alaska, 1957 (8.6)

10. Southern Sumatra, Indonesia, 2007 (8.5)

Get all the other earthquake facts you will ever need here.

Math nerds click here.

Rock on (and up and down and side to side), my friends.

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