Last updated on February 21st, 2011
Magnitude 7 – 7.9 Earthquakes are up 93% so far in 2010
The latest major earthquake, a magnitude 7.0 located just 5 km underneath the South Island of New Zealand, exemplifies the ongoing up trend of earthquakes in 2010. USGS statistics indicate that we have already exceeded the normal number of magnitude 7 – 7.9 earthquakes that the world sees in one year and we still have four months to go. As of this post, 17 magnitude 7 – 7.9 earthquakes have shook the planet during 2010. Normally, through the 35th week of the year only 9 or 10 earthquakes of this magnitude have struck.
Magnitude 7 – 7.9 earthquakes up 93% compared with the last 10 years
Magnitude 7 – 7.9 earthquakes up 68% compared with the last 110 years
Magnitude 6 – 6.9 earthquakes up 21% compared with last 10 years
Magnitude 6 – 6.9 earthquakes up 31% compared with last 110 years
Magnitude 5 – 5.9 earthquakes up 21% compared with last 10 years
Magnitude 5 – 5.9 earthquakes up 42% compared with last 110 years
Magnitude 8 – 8.9 earthquakes have already reached the average (1 per year), and again, four months to go…
Christchurch – Canterbury New Zealand Earthquake
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck at 4:35 AM during 4-Sep-2010 was centered near Christchurch New Zealand, located on a tectonic plate boundary between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates. The epicenter was only 25 miles from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand’s 2nd largest urban area with a population of about 372,000. At least 500 buildings were destroyed, roads were cracked and torn, and a 3.5 meter fault line gash was ripped into the surface. The earthquake was the largest in New Zealand since 1931.
Of high concern amongst the rubble is the water supply. A damaged infrastructure of cracked and broken water and sewer pipes is leaving the population without safe drinking water and utilities. Within 2 to 3 days, if without help, desperation will set in as the human body cannot survive much longer without water. Residents are being urged to boil any water that they have before drinking it.
This disaster is a perfect, yet tragic example of the reason for a survival preparedness plan that has at its highest priority, a supply of drinking water (before that of food).
Update, 22-Feb-2011, Another major earthquake strikes Christchurch New Zealand, this time much closer to the city and much shallower in depth – causing widespread damage.
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