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Date Understand how earthquakes are measured

Richter Scale Mercalli Scale

Strong – moderate damage in VII – bricks and tiles fall. People find it
populated areas difficult to stand up

Great – severe destruction and loss IV – felt indoors by a few people.


of life over large areas Rattling of windows and doors

Micro – generally not felt by people, IX – general panic. Many buildings


but recorded on local instruments collapse and some pipes break

Minor – felt by many people; no VI – felt by all people. Ornaments,


damage pictures and books fall

Moderate – some damage to weak V– felt by most people. Liquids spill


structures from glasses and bowls

Light – felt by all; minor breakage VIII– wooden buildings collapse. Many
of objects people are very frightened

Major – serious damage over large X – many well-built structures


areas; loss of life destroyed. Large landslides

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Richter Scale Mercalli Scale

Micro – generally not felt by people, IV – felt indoors by a few people.


but recorded on local instruments Rattling of windows and doors

Minor – felt by many people; no V– felt by most people. Liquids spill


damage from glasses and bowls

Light – felt by all; minor breakage VI – felt by all people. Ornaments,


of objects pictures and books fall

Moderate – some damage to weak VII – bricks and tiles fall. People find it
structures difficult to stand up

Strong – moderate damage in VIII– wooden buildings collapse. Many


populated areas people are very frightened

Major – serious damage over large IX – general panic. Many buildings


areas; loss of life collapse and some pipes break

Great – severe destruction and loss X – many well-built structures


of life over large areas destroyed. Large landslides

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