USGS: Note most of the major quakes this year have occurred around the Pacific Ring Of Fire, see map.
Major quakes appear to be on the increase in 2019 with 44 recorded up to April the 30th, 7 more than 2018 in the same period and 18 more than in 2017.
In the same period one hundred years ago a total of 12 major quakes were recorded, 32 less than this year so far.
April 2019 delivered a total of 14 major quakes with the largest being the magnitude 6.8 - Luwuk, Indonesia.
April 2018 delivered a total of just 7 major quakes.
April 2017 delivered a total of just 7 major quakes.
From January the 1st 2019 to April the 30th 2019 a total of 44 major quakes have been recorded.
From January the 1st 2018 to April the 30th 2018 a total of 37 major quakes were recorded globally.
From January the 1st 2017 to April the 30th 2017 a total of just 26 major quakes, 2017 proved to be the lowest number of major quakes in a single year since the 1980s with just 111 recorded for the whole year.
From January the 1st 1919 to April the 30th 1919 a total of 12 major quakes were recorded globally.
An increase in detected earthquake numbers does not necessarily represent an increase in earthquakes per se.
Population increase, habitation spread, and advances in earthquake detection technology all contribute to higher earthquake numbers being recorded over time.