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A number to quantify the energy contained in an earthquake.

  • Richter magnitude scale is a single digit number to quantify the energy contained in an earthquake.
  • It was developed by Charles Richter in partnership with Beno Gutenberg in 1935.
  • The scale was originally developed to compare the size of different earthquakes.
  • The smallest earthquakes that could be recorded and located at the time were of magnitude 3.
  • An earthquake of magnitude 2.0 or less is called a Micro earthquake.
  • Other earthquakes are Minor (2.0 to 3.9), Light (4.0 to 4.9), Moderate (5.0 to 5.9), Strong (6.0 to 6.9), Major (7.0 to 7.9), Great (8.0 to 9.9) and Massive (10.0+).
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