Note to global warming or "climate change" alarmists:
"For quakes above M7.0, there has been no important annual rise in frequency since 1900, according to the USGS. But reporting of quakes of M6.0-M6.9 seems to have risen perceptibly.
"That lesser earthquakes are reported with increasing frequency since the establishment of a seismic network likely owes to the continuing proliferation of seismic stations around the Earth." [source]
Note to "sign of the Second Coming" eschatologists:
Some relate a supposed increase in earthquakes to the Second Coming of Jesus. They cite dialog between Jesus and his disciples as recorded in Matthew's gospel, chapter 24.
Jesus, however, didn't predict an increase in earthquakes. Rather, he merely noted that earthquakes in divers (various) places would be an indicator that the latter days had arrived. Specifically he said, "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." (See Matthew 24:7.)
Earthquakes naturally and commonly occur in "diverse places." There are well over 1 million earthquakes and tremors recorded each year. About 25 'significant' quakes (2.5>) occur every day.
Quakes are essential to sustain life
Christian apologist, astrophysicist, and old-earth creationist Hugh Ross notes that earthquake activity is necessary to sustain life and points to their common occurrence as evidence for intelligent design.
Ross published an article by Dr. David Rogstad in 2007 that said, "One of the benefits from plate tectonics is that Earth maintains the right levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere to compensate for the Sun’s increasing luminosity. This is accomplished by what is called the carbonate-silicate cycle. CO2 is removed from the atmosphere through weathering."
Citing an article in Nature magazine, Rogstad adds, "Oxygen becomes bound up in various oxides which are then drawn into the Earth’s interior, where various processes result in its being incorporated into an exotic mineral called majorite. The results reported in this letter established that majorite functions as a kind of 'reservoir' for oxygen, and when the majorite ascends nearer to the surface of the Earth it breaks down and releases its oxygen. Some of this oxygen also binds with hydrogen released from the interior of the Earth to form water. The authors have referred to the whole process as an 'oxygen elevator.' They go on to say that without the ‘oxygen elevator’ in its mantle the Earth would probably be a barren planet hostile to life."
Apparent biblical conflicts
There is, therefore, a bit of conflict between Christian eschatology and creationism regarding the proper spin on earthquake activity. Eschatologists find it convenient to tout an astounding increase in seismic activity to validate their notion that Jesus is about to return. Creationists, however, find it preferable to admit that earthquakes have been common all along and provide evidence for intelligent design.
Earthquakes to date
There have been 100 earthquakes of note reported during the first 4 days of 2013.
This is normal.
Below is a list of quakes 2.5 and higher so far this year (as of 9:29 am est Jan 5).