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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Distinguish between earthquake magnitude and earthquake intensity.

To determine

The difference between earthquake magnitude and earthquake intensity.

Explanation

The severity of an earthquake is predicted in two different ways, namely the degree of its impact on humans and the size of the event as a physical earth process. The magnitude of an earthquake is measured by the scale originally developed by Charles. F. Richter. It is based on the energy released in an earthquake. The released energy is recorded by an instrument called seismograph.

In this scale, the earthquake has one magnitude that is expressed as a number with one decimal place, which represents the size of an earthquake in terms of the energy released. As the magnitude increases by one whole number, its energy increases by 32 times...

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