Mercalli scale

noun
Mer·​cal·​li scale | \ mer-ˈkä-lē- How to pronounce Mercalli scale (audio) , (ˌ)mər- \

Definition of Mercalli scale

: a scale of earthquake intensity ranging from I for an earthquake detected only by seismographs to XII for one causing total destruction of all buildings

First Known Use of Mercalli scale

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Mercalli scale

Giuseppe Mercalli †1914 Italian priest and geologist

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“Mercalli scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mercalli%20scale. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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