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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A scale of earthquake intensity based on observed effects and ranging from I (detectable only with instruments) to XII (causing almost total destruction).

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  • n. a scale formerly used to describe the magnitude of an earthquake; an earthquake detected only by seismographs is a I and an earthquake that destroys all buildings is a XII


After Giuseppi Mercalli (1850-1914), Italian seismologist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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