Posts Tagged ‘magnitude scale’

Redefining how we feel the world

Redefining how we feel the world

Ever wonder how big a magnitude 5 earthquake really was, or ponder over how much energy a magnitude 3 quake released? Well I am not saying I have the answers but I did construct this table relating joules released by varying magnitude earthquakes to more ‘tangible’ things. […]

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NPR asks some pretty provocative questions about earthquakes

NPR asks some pretty provocative questions about earthquakes

Bravo NPR! The press might have a long history of offering the public some pretty screwy analyses of recent earthquake activity, blowing things out of proportion and generally misunderstanding the fundamentals but today’s “Morning Edition of NPR: Can A Big Earthquake Trigger Another One?” knocks the ball […]

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The magnitude scale: Throw it out!

The magnitude scale: Throw it out!

The Public: WOW! Did you feel that? The Seismologist: Yes. The Public: Cool. How hard did it shake? The Seismologist: The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.6 The Public [blank stare]: huh? The problem: A magnitude 6 event releases >30 times more energy than a M5 event […]

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