Richter scaleRich·ter scale
a logarithmic scale for indicating the magnitude of earthquakes using data from a seismograph: each step represents a magnitude that is about 10 times greater than the preceding step, with 1 indicating a disturbance detectable only by instruments and 7 one that can cause major damage to buildings
Origin of Richter scaledevised by C. Richter (1900-85), United States seismologist
A logarithmic scale used to express the 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.
Origin of Richter scaleAfter Charles Francis Richter (1900-1985), American seismologist
(plural Richter scales)
- A value on the Richter scale
- The students also faced and experienced earthquakes at various Richter scales.
From American seismologist Charles Richter.