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5.16: Scales that Represent Earthquake Magnitude

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logarithmic scale

Scale in which each unit is an exponential increase over the previous unit.

Mercalli intensity scale

Scale that describes earthquake intensity.

moment magnitude scale

Favored method of measuring earthquake magnitudes; measures the total energy released by an earthquake.

Richter magnitude scale

Scale that measures the magnitude of an earthquake's largest jolt of energy.

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Difficulty Level:
Basic
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6 , 7
Date Created:
Jan 04, 2013
Last Modified:
Aug 29, 2016
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