Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes


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What does it mean to say that the Richter scale is logarithmic?

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1. How does a magnitude 4 earthquake differ from a magnitude 8 earthquake in regard to energy?

2. The movement of the ground due to rock breaking below the surface during an earthquake is known as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help you gauge your knowledge of earthquakes and ways they are measured with the Richter scale. You will be quizzed on how the Richter Scale measures an earthquake's magnitude.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can help you assess your understanding of:

  • The term logarithmic
  • Different magnitudes of an earthquake
  • What the Richter scale measures

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the uses of the Richter scale
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different magnitudes of an earthquake
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related earthquake lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about earthquakes and ways they are measured, review the lesson, Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Determine what the Richter scale is
  • Define seismograph
  • Identify the different magnitudes of an earthquake
  • Review characteristics of seismic activity