It seems that more natural disasters are happening these days. Sometimes I get the sense that our days on earth are numbered. Its just scary. I now dread reading about these natural disasters. The magnitude of these disasters is what scares me the most, its just not normal. What type of world is my six year old child going to grow up in with the earth moving under her feet?
When you look back at history there were just a many events as there are now maybe more. So no I don't think that there are more just that we hear about them quicker. If you think about it, if something happened on in America prior to 1492 would it be in history books??? But we do know from history that there were catastropies like Mt. Vesuvisus or other storms that did make the history books and the Bible.
I think that there are a lot more happening now, because of how much we've used the earth, and not taken as great of care of her as we should have.
But, you're right.... we can hear about things within a moments notice, because of our technology now. Many years ago, there was only word of mouth, from those that would travel great lengths to bring it.
Just in looking back at our brief history in America. You had stuff like the Great San Francisco Earthquake. The New Madrid Earthquake that caused the Mississippi River to reverse direction, you had over 12,000 die in the Hurricane that hit Galveston Tx just to name a few.