How Are Earthquake Magnitudes Measured?

Please go to the link below to understand how earthquake magnitude is measured.  It is brief but informative.  Gives a good feel for how the Richter Scale works.

http://www.geo.mtu.edu/UPSeis/intensity.html

The following link explains the math of Richter.

http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/11131-math-factor-using-logarithms-with-the-richter-scale-video.htm

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