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I = I

_{0}× 10

^{M}

I-intensity of earthquake

I

_{0}-earthquake with intensity of 0

M-magnitude of earthquake on the Richter Scale

So I figured I'd use I

_{1}= I

_{0}× 10

^{6.1}to find the intensity of earthquake 1 (I

^{1})

then, 2I=I

_{2}to find the intensity of earthquake 2 (I

_{2}), which is double that of I

_{1}

and finally, M=log(I

_{2}/I

_{0}) to find the resulting magnitude, or rating, of the Richter Scale.

But my problem begins at the very beginning.

If I

_{0}= 0 then I

_{1}= 0 too...

and I'm quite thrown off by this.

Am I taking the totally wrong approach to this?