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Originally posted by project_pisces
Most of the others hovered around the 3.1 to 5.0 mark - enough to cause substantial damage in most instances.
Descriptor Richter Magnitudes Earthquake Effects Average Annually
Micro Less than 2.0 Microearthquakes, About 8,000 per day
Very minor 2.0-2.9 Generally not felt, About 1,000 per day
Minor 3.0-3.9 Often felt, but 49,000 (estimated)
rarely causes damage.
Light 4.0-4.9 Noticeable shaking of indoor 6,200 (estimated)
items, rattling noises.
Significant damage unlikely.
They don't seem to be wanting or trying to hide this. If the media doesn't pick up on something, it's usually because they don't think it'll sell. Geological activity is sort of like a baseball game. A big game in the US gets attention. A big game in Tokyo may or may not get a 2 second popup on CNN's news ticker.