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Department
Geology
Course
GEOL 2207
Professor
B.Ward
Semester
Summer

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The Richter Scale  Maximum wave amplitude  Good for determining earthquakes that occurred in California o Based on the maximum size of the swing of the seismograph o Doesn’t accurately reflect the amount of energy released in the bigger earthquakes Earthquake Magnitude  Both scales are logarithmic or based on powers of ten o Ground displacement (shaking) for a 3.0 is 10 times strong than tha
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