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Applications of Logarithmic Equations : Earthquakes and the Richter Scale

The intentisty level of an earthquake is based on the Richter scale. Using logarithms, the Richter scale measures an earthquake relative to (as a ratio of) the weaket possible tremor.

Research how earthquakes are measured.

What is the formula for measuring earthquakes?
? Why is a 7.0 earthquake ten times stronger than a 6.0 earthquake?
? What does a 7.1 earthquake measurement mean?
o Give the measurement of the earthquake.
o Explain what this measurement means.

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Applications of Logarithmic Equations, Earthquakes and the Richter Scale are investigated. The solution is detailed and well presented. The response received a rating of "5/5" from the student who originally posted the question.