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## Which is the Richter scale?

The Richter magnitude scale, also known as the local magnitude (M) scale, assigns a number to quantify the amount of seismic energy released by an earthquake. It is a base-10 logarithmic scale. Micro earthquakes, not felt. Generally not felt, but recorded.

## What is the Richter scale and what does it measure?

The Richter scale measures the largest wiggle (amplitude) on the recording, but other magnitude scales measure different parts of the earthquake. The USGS currently reports earthquake magnitudes using the Moment Magnitude scale, though many other magnitudes are calculated for research and comparison purposes.

Is 10 Richter scale possible?

No, earthquakes of magnitude 10 or larger cannot happen. The magnitude of an earthquake is related to the length of the fault on which it occurs.

What is highest Richter scale number?

Although the Richter Scale has no upper limit, the largest known shocks have had magnitudes in the 8.8 to 8.9 range. Recently, another scale called the moment magnitude scale has been devised for more precise study of great earthquakes. The Richter Scale is not used to express damage.

### What is 9 on the Richter scale?

An earthquake of magnitude 6 or higher is considered major. The largest earthquakes in history have been of about magnitude 9. Major earthquakes release far more energy than any man-made explosion.

### How high can the Richter scale go?

Why was Richter scale replaced?

The Richter Scale was replaced because it worked largely for earthquakes in Southern California, and only those occurring within about 370 miles of seismometers. In addition, the scale was calculated for only one type of earthquake wave.

What is the max on the Richter scale?

#### What magnitude was the earthquake that killed the dinosaurs?

Material shifted by subsequent earthquakes and the waves reached all the way to what are now Texas and Florida, and may have disturbed sediments as far as 6,000 kilometers from the impact site. The impact triggered a seismic event with an estimated magnitude of 9–11 Mw at the impact site.

What does liquefaction cause?

Liquefaction takes place when loosely packed, water-logged sediments at or near the ground surface lose their strength in response to strong ground shaking. Liquefaction occurring beneath buildings and other structures can cause major damage during earthquakes.

What is the difference between liquification and liquefaction?

Answer. Liquification is the act of becoming liquid as in condensation from a gas or the melting of a solid. Liquifaction refers to soil acting like a liquid. It happens during earthquake.