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Intensities and magnitudes in natural science

  1. Mar 20, 2008 #1


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    My friend edits grade school textbooks and often has science questions. While I pretty much know the answers, I like to get them verified from more reliable sources.

    This is once such question asked:

    This was my response:
    True? I mean is this why Earthquakes are measured as magnitudes while hurricanes are measured as intensities?
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2008
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  3. Mar 21, 2008 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    Interesting question- the Fujita scale of tornado *intensity* has rough agreement with your reasoning for hurricane intensity.... there is an earthquake intensity scale (Mercalli)...

    Do you know anything about the development of these scales? That may give a clue.
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