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James Petersen
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2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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Everyone in the city felt the 6.5 magnitude earthquake, and it awakened those who were sleeping. People were frightened and stood under doorways for protection, but they received only minor or no injuries. Some dishes broke, some plaster fell, and a few older chimneys were damaged. According to this information, what was the maximum intensity of the earthquake in this city?

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The maximum intensity of the earthquake in a city when the earthquake of magnitude 6.5 survived with minor injuries and some dishes broke, some plaster fell, and a few older chimneys were damaged.

Explanation

The scale that measures the earthquake in terms of the damage caused by it and its degree of impact on the people and property is known as earthquake intensity scale. The Mercalli scale of earthquake intensity has roman numbers from I to XII.

Each earthquake has various intensity levels depending on the local conditions such as distance from the epicenter, period of shaking, the severity of shaking, population density, affected constructions, and so on...

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