Are earthquakes becoming more frequent?

Despite the Haiti earthquake and the recent one in China -- plus smaller ones elsewhere, the Warmists have yet to claim that earthquakes are increasing due to global warming. They WILL get around to it however, so here is what the U.S. Geological Survey says about it:

We continue to be asked by many people throughout the world if earthquakes are on the increase. Although it may seem that we are having more earthquakes, earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant.

A partial explanation may lie in the fact that in the last twenty years, we have definitely had an increase in the number of earthquakes we have been able to locate each year. This is because of the tremendous increase in the number of seismograph stations in the world and the many improvements in global communications. In 1931, there were about 350 stations operating in the world; today, there are more than 8,000 stations and the data now comes in rapidly from these stations by electronic mail, internet and satellite.

This increase in the number of stations and the more timely receipt of data has allowed us and other seismological centers to locate earthquakes more rapidly and to locate many small earthquakes which were undetected in earlier years. The NEIC now locates about 20,000 earthquakes each year or approximately 50 per day. Also, because of the improvements in communications and the increased interest in the environment and natural disasters, the public now learns about more earthquakes.

According to long-term records (since about 1900), we expect about 17 major earthquakes (7.0 - 7.9) and one great earthquake (8.0 or above) in any given year.


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  1. Pffft....this one is easy to prove if you're a lefty moron :

    Global Warming causes warming. When you warm any substance, it expands. This is simple physics that everyone understands.

    Therefore global warming over time, will cause a slight heating, and therefore slight expansion of earth's crust and techtonic plates. This very slight expansion will increase the forces along fault lines and subduction zones where the plates collide because the plates will have expanded slightly and will push against each other harder.

    These are the areas that cause earthquakes and volcanoes. If you increase these forces, you will increase the quantitiy and severity of earthquakes. Simple

    ** You can "prove" ANYTHING with global warming **

  2. Exactly Anon, anything and everything can and will be blamed on man's sins.

  3. You know what a "strawman" argument is, right? Because this is a textbook example.

  4. They know what a strawman argument is Ron, but it's something only lefties use so this can't be one. Just like you'll never find examples of ad hominim attacks or hated here as they are only things leftist do.

  5. Golly gee, Roy. It's a textbook example of standard leftist operating procedure.

  6. Big words AR. Here is a recent MK post verbaitm:

    Oh yeah sure, you’ve really achieved what you wanted, you’ve given Americans the most wonderful healthcare imaginable, never mind that they didn’t want it, never mind they begged and pleaded with you to leave them the @#$% alone, never mind the constitution. Oh no, liberal fascists like you know what’s good for everyone else, they just need to STFU and do as you tell them to. Oh yeah baby, it’s so effing affordable now, thanks to leftist assholes like you stupak. Have a look folks, at just how affordable it’s going to be thanks to this champion of the people, this hero of the little guy, him and the rest of the fascist weasels.

    Nothing ad homenim there. In your eyes it's probably a reasonable, mature, well argued point.

    What a strange reality you people inhabit.

    This website oozes hatred.

  7. "This website oozes hatred."

    That's why you keep hanging around here under various guises eh.

    If you don't like what's posted here, then leave. But then, it's so hard to keep your inner-fascist in check from afar isn't it.

  8. Leftist stupidity, lefty moron, standard leftist operating procedure.

    All very funny but I just wanted to find out if earthquakes were getting more frequent. I didn't realise that was a political issue.

  9. Well, it seems to be there in the post anon.


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