## How do you do a nomogram earthquake?

The nomogram on the right gives the magnitude based in the Ritcher scale. Simply by creating lines between the distance from the earthquake to the amplitude of the S wave we could determine the magnitude of the earthquake. The magnitude is indicated where the three lines meet.

## Is a magnitude 9.6 earthquake possible?

Hollywood-scripted magnitude 9.6 earthquakes are almost impossible to happen in Los Angeles and San Francisco, so say seismic experts. They say the maximum on the San Andreas fault running up and down the West Coast would be an 8.3 based on computer models.

Is a 2.9 magnitude earthquake bad?

Earthquakes that fall between 3.0 to 3.9 on the scale are considered minor….How strong is a 3.4 magnitude earthquake? The Richter scale explained.

Magnitude Description Effect
2.0-2.9 Minor Felt slightly by some. No building damage.

How do you calculate Richter magnitude?

The Richter magnitude of an earthquake is determined from the logarithm of the amplitude of waves recorded by seismographs. Adjustments are included for the variation in the distance between the various seismographs and the epicenter of the earthquakes.

### What is the max on the Richter scale?

Although the Richter Scale has no upper limit, the largest known shocks have had magnitudes in the 8.8 to 8.9 range. Recently, another scale called the moment magnitude scale has been devised for more precise study of great earthquakes.

### How far can a 7.0 earthquake be felt?

It depends on how you define “effect.” The Loma Prieta (a 6.9- earthquake 7.1 quake, depending on measurement type) in 1989 centered in the San Francisco area could be felt by some people over here in Reno, but we weren’t really impacted. But a 7.0 quake can cause damage 100-150 miles away.

What does a 9.0 earthquake feel like?

A large earthquake far away will feel like a gentle bump followed several seconds later by stronger rolling shaking that may feel like sharp shaking for a little while. A small earthquake nearby will feel like a small sharp jolt followed by a few stronger sharp shakes that pass quickly.

How are seismographs used to track an earthquake?

They mark the points on the record at which these waves first arrive at the station. The simplest method of locating an earthquake on a globe is to find the time interval between the P- and S-wave arrivals at several seismograph stations.

## How is the location of an earthquake determined?

The simplest method of locating an earthquake on a globe is to find the time interval between the P- and S-wave arrivals at several seismograph stations. The distance to the earthquake from each station is then determined from standard travel-time tables and travel-time curves.

## Why are seismographs used instead of analog sensors?

Using digital stations instead of analog stations provides several important benefits: The high and low gain sensors provide data on scale for both small and large earthquakes. The digital data can be error checked so that line noise won’t cause the data to be corrupted.

Why are clocks so important in the seismograph system?

Because time – both the time of day and the synchronization of events – is an important element in seismology, clocks are always part of a seismograph system. A single seismograph pendulum works in only one direction, and cannot give a complete picture of wave motions from other directions.