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Worldwide earthquakes seeing rise in magnitude—Why?

Seismic activity of earthquakes on the Richter scale shows significant increases in magnitude in recent years.

Seismic activity of earthquakes on the Richter scale shows significant increases in magnitude in recent years.

The Solomon Islands experienced a major earthquake Sunday, April 13, 2014. The earthquake registered a 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale and hit at 7:14 a.m. local time. Its epicenter was located 200 miles southeast of Honiara, the Solomon’s capital. A tsunami warning was initially released, but soon dismissed. The Solomon Islands event is just one of the latest earthquakes in the world, with seismic activity occurring along fault lines in North and Central America.

Earthquakes rocking the South Pacific

Originally, the Solomon Islands earthquake was said to have an 8.3 magnitude, but was later downgraded to 7.6. Read more