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What Does Earthquake Magnitude Really Mean? Short Video Gives Great Visual Comparison

Written by on April 25, 2015 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
What Does Earthquake Magnitude Really Mean? Short Video Gives Great Visual Comparison

Today’s earthquake in Nepal is reportedly a 7.8 – 7.9 magnitude. What does that mean in actual terms? We’ve all heard earthquakes described by magnitude number, and yet most of us have a relatively vague or distorted perception of what these numbers mean in the real world. This video illustrates the variation of energy released in easy-to-understand terms.

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