That's why these earthquakes in other parts of the world, measured at 'only' 6.5, which doesn't 'sound' much worse, are in fact devastating. (The Richter Scale is logarithmic [ah, you won't do that in school anymore, I guess ] - think of it as being a bit like 'indices': 3-cubed is a lot bigger than 3-squared, etc.)Spike wrote:Ooh, they never told us that in Geography.rjb wrote:5.2 is 10 times worse than 4.2
Yes, not like the Pacific Rim countries, eg: Chile, Peru (recently), Western Australia, Japan (Kobe, several years ago), Vietnam, eastern China and California are all subject to worse than the UK is ever likely to have. (There was a huge earthquake in Alaska in 1964 that caused a massive tidal wave - caught on camera, as was the more recent Kobe quake.)Spike wrote:At least we should be thankful we live in the centre of the plates, so that the earthquakes aren't as bad as they could have been.