Seventeen major earthquakes (magnitude 7.0 or higher) were recorded in the world for 1997, according to the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) in Golden, Colorado. This is just under the average of 20 major earthquakes in the world each year. Despite the lower number of major earthquakes worldwide (21 major earthquakes were recorded in 1996), the death toll from earthquakes was much higher in 1997 than in the previous year.
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