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Terms

In this section terms that are frequently used on this site are explained. It will be expanded over time.

Terms and their Meaning
TermsExplanationFurther Information
MagnitudeGives the energy released by an earthquake at the ecpicenter. Usually the Richterscale is used.Magnitude - GNS Science (English)
IntensityA descriptive scale that indicates the amount of shaking and possible destruction at a given place. Usually the Modified Mercalli Scale is used.Intensity - GNS Science (English)
Focal mechanismIndicator of the tectonical mechanism that led to the earthquake.Focal mechanism - USGS (English)

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