the Richter scale


: a system of measurement used for showing the strength of an earthquake
The earthquake measured 4.5 on the Richter scale.

Examples of the Richter scale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no definitive measurement of that quake since the Richter scale has only been around since the mid-1930s, but the tectonic shift still killed 60 people. Fox News, 21 Apr. 2024 Geologists once used the Richter scale, but that measure is considered outdated and is no longer used. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 Today's aftershocks include the 4.0 magnitude temblor just before 6 p.m. and at least 11 others, which registered at least magnitude 1.8 on the Richter scale, Clements said. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 Friday’s earthquake was mild compared with some felt in California or the Caribbean, rating at 4.8 on the Richter scale. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 Most people are at least colloquially familiar with the Richter scale. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 The strength of the shaking is expressed from 0-10 on the Richter scale. Sven Karabegovic, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 In the last 24 hours, the area surrounding the lagoon experienced hundreds of earthquakes including one measuring in at 5 on the Richter scale, according to the Iceland Monitor. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2023 So who's to say what musicians might or might not be able to achieve with revolutionary intent when the bouncing crowd makes the Richter scale shake? Hattie Lindert, Pitchfork, 4 Nov. 2023

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“The Richter scale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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