The Royal Observatory's Koen Verbeeck says that both for Belgium and for the wider world 2014 was a quiet year.
All 79 earthquakes were registered by the Royal Observatory. The most powerful quake was recorded on Christmas Day and at its epicentre in Tiel, The Netherlands, measured a force of 2.7.
No major seismic events causing large damage were recorded. Koen Verbeeck: "It's been a calm year for earthquakes around the world. There were only a handful of force 7 quakes. None registered force 8. That's very positive, but for seismic research it was a poor year."
The most forceful earthquake in Belgium occurred in 1692 in the Verviers area. The quake measured a force of 6.2 and was felt across what today is called Belgium.