What do the seismologists say?
Professor Charles Richter in National History, December 1969, p. 44."
Certain religious groups have picked this rather unfortunate time to insist that the number of earthquakes is increasing. In part they are misled by the increasing number of small earthquakes that are being catalogued and listed by newer, more sensitive stations throughout the world. It is worth remarking that the number of great earthquakes from 1896 to 1906 was greater than in any ten-year interval since." -
Professor N. N. Ambraseys, private letter dated August 9, 1985.
Most certainly, there has been no increase in the seismic activity of the Mediterranean during this century. Quite the contrary, in the Eastern Mediterranean the activity of this century has been abnormally low when compared with that of the 10th-12th and 18th centuries."
Seweryn J. Duda, Professor of Geophysics, University of Hamburg. Private letter dated July 7, 1986.
There are indications that worldwide seismic activity - if expressed in terms of earthquakes with magnitude 7 or over-has decreased steadily in the time from the beginning of the 20th century until now."