from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A logarithmic scale used to express the total amount of energy released by an earthquake. Its values typically fall between 0 and 9, with each increase of 1 representing a 10-fold increase in energy.
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- proper n. a logarithmic scale used to express the energy released by an earthquake, each increase of 1 representing a 32-fold increase in energy.
- n. A value on the Richter scale
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- n. a logarithmic scale of 1 to 10 formerly used to express the magnitude of an earthquake on the basis of the size of seismograph oscillations
Use humor: pretend like you’re a news anchor holding an imaginary mike to your mouth and say, “This just in, folks: an earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale has just been reported with the epicenter located on the breakfast table at the Medhus’s house.”