Science Photo of the Day #978

Science photo 978

Several earthquakes have been in the news recently. One in Los Angeles was a 5.1 on the Richter Scale, while one in Yellowstone was a 4.8. How much difference is there between a 4.8 and a 5.1?

MichaelD wrote on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 05:23:

As long as the Richter scale is a logarithmic one 5.1 is pretty close 2 times as strong as 4.8 (10 to the power of .3)

Tater101 wrote on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 20:43:

5.1-4.8=0.3

Tater101 wrote on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 20:43:

5.1-4.8=0.3

lusyomo wrote on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 14:41:

Josiah says it is 10 times stronger.
Keyana says it is 3 times stronger.
Anthony says it is 3 times stronger.

fiveroses13 wrote on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:36:

I think it is 0.3!

Torch wrote on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:27:

How strong is a earthquake?:)

Miles Constantine wrote on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:15:

Does it go up in a logrmithc manner?

linebaughkids wrote on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:53:

A 5.3 earthquake is .3 stronger than 4.8 on the Richter scale.

linebaughkids wrote on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:49:

A 5.1 earthquake is .3 stronger than a 4.8.

skottinger wrote on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:19:

5.1 is 0.3 stronger than 4.8

dwires wrote on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:44:

I think a 5.1 is three times as strong as a 4.8.