While the number of earthquakes has been increasing, the frequency of high-intensity ones has been gradually falling
The two high-intensity earthquakes in Nepal in the past fortnight have spurred discussion on whether such occurrences have become more frequent over the years. Data on the number, magnitude and resultant death toll of earthquakes over the last century shows that while the number of earthquakes per year has indeed seen an increasing trend, the proportion of high-intensity quakes has been decreasing over the years.
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