How are Earthquakes measured?

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We always hear that particular earthquakes have a certain Magnitude.  But what is that, what does that mean? In this post we will see how Magnitude numbers portrayed in the news are misleading, and how we actually do measure Earthquakes.  Enjoy.

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What are Earthquakes?

It is inevitable that a powerful and massive earthquake will strike California. How disastrous it is, is ultimately up to us; the more we prepare the better we’ll be able to handle it.  This is my first post in a series on understanding the earthquakes of our planet, and how we make sure to survive and thrive when a catastrophic one occurs. Even though this series will include statistics on the “big one” in California, this information applies to everyone around the world.

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