|Chart by the U.S. Geological Survey of earthquakes magnitude 6-8 from 1900 till 2007|
I don't know exactly what I will be doing on December 21th, 2012, probably have a big party.
"Se non morimo se divertimo" or "If we will not die, we had fun"
Where will you be and what are you planning to do at this date?
In earlier comments I have investigated the death tolls since 1901, which I put in the graph below:
Modern record-keeping began in 1900.
The estimated death tolls per 10 years since 1901 in numbers:
1901-1910: 124,748 people
1911-1920: 266,584 people
1921-1930: 187,452 people
1931-1940: 95,042 people
1941-1950: 42,355 people
1951-1960: 16,723 people
1961-1970: 95,521 people
1971-1980: 319,180 people
1981-1990: 83,446 people
1991-2000: 62,821 people
2001-2010: 697,513 people
The average deaths per 10 years from 1901 till 2000 was 119,893 people.
So from 2001 till 2010 the earthquake death toll has been almost six times higher than the average in the last century.
One factor which explains the increase is surely the growth of the world's population:
| World Population Data Chart (1900-2050)|
Data source from UN.org
If we incorporate this into the earlier figure the death toll due to earthquakes in the last decade it still triples the anticipated figure.