The Richter scale measures the intensity of earthquakes on a scale of 1 to 10, based on “seismograph oscillations.” Put simply, the bigger the shake, the higher the rating on the scale.
The Richter scale measures the amount of Seismic energy released by an Earthquake. The scale assigns a number from 1-8 (least magnitude to greatest magnitude) to each earthquake. To read a detailed description of the Richter scale and how seismic energy is quantified, click here:
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