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What is Richter Magnitude?
This website contains class notes from part of a Geology 101 (physical geology) course. It describes the Richter scale, and how it measures the magnitude of an earthquake by expressing the seismic energy released. The site discusses the properties of seismic waves, mathematical equations used to help determine magnitude, and how seismographs work.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
  • Mathematics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-600
Related resources:
This resource references 'The Modified Mercalli Scale of Earthquake Intensity'
This resource references 'Seismic Deformation, Seismic Waves, Seismograms and Seismographs, Locating Earthquakes (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr John Louie
University of Nevada, Reno, MacKay School of Mines