The Moroccan Earthquake and the Richter scale

2023-11-20 09:44:54

The Moroccan Earthquake and the Richter scale


Friday evening, September 8th, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Morocco southwest of Marrakech.

What does a 6.8 magnitude earthquake mean?  How powerful was that?  What is a seismometer and a seismograph?  What is the amplitude of a seismograph reading?  Why did the quake happen in Morocco?

Use our Richter scale activity to introduce your students to logarithmic Richter magnitudes.



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