Earthquakes in perspective

Knowing that the scale of earthquake magnitude is logarithmic is one thing. Seeing it is another. This animation, by NOAA employee Nathan Becker, shows the energy release of past earthquakes as the area of a circle, making it dramatically clear that the difference between 7.0 and 7.7 is vast.

But wait ’til you see the 9.5.

via The Atlantic.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Earthquakes in perspective

  1. James Haney says:

    Bloody ‘ell!!!!!

    BTW, it’s Kugai here, just signing in with my Facebook ID. ^_^

  2. TheTaoOfD says:

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  3. Ana_ñ says:

    I like very much these visualizations of numbers; they are so helpful in comprehending them. I remember very well that amazing tool you posted a few months ago with the Scale of the Universe.

  4. Alma says:

    I watched with my mouth increasingly dropping open. You’re right, there’s knowing, and then there’s knowing. Cool!

  5. Brigitte says:

    And I thought the last earthquake I experienced (5.4) was scary.

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