I found this on the USGS website that tells how many earthquakes of a particular magnitude is normal each year:
Earthquake Facts and Statistics
It says, for example, that worldwide there is typically one magnitude 8 and highter earthquake per year. Does anyone know how many earthquakes we have had in the past year. I know, for example, that we had 2 magnitude 8 earthquakes just a couple of days ago and it seems like we may have had more in the past year though I'm not sure. Also, it says that there are typically 15 magnitude 7-7.9 earthquakes per year and I'm almost positive we have had more than that in the past year. Just wondering if anyone knew where I could find data on numbers for the past year? Thanks!