# Logarithms : Earthquakes and the Richter Scale

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The intensity 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 weakest possible tremor.

What is the formula for measuring earthquakes?

Why is a 7.0 earthquake ten times stronger than a 6.0 earthquake?

Pick an earthquake in your region of the world. (Chicago Illinois)

Give the measurement of the earthquake.

Explain what this measurement means.

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The Richter Magnitude Scale, more commonly used by the media and the public, measures the magnitude of the earthquake.

The equation for Richter Magnitude is:

ML = ...

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Logarithmic functions, earthquakes and the Richter scale are investigated.

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