At a glance: Earthquake magnitudes defined

Earthquake magnitudes defined.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 8, 2011

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How magnitudes vary

3: Generally the smallest that can be felt by people.


4: Felt by many, some minor damage.

5-6: Some damage, such as falling plaster, broken chimneys.

7 and higher: Considerable damage, with partial collapse of some structures; fall of chimneys, factory stacks, columns, monuments, walls.

Source: USGS



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