How does the richter scale measure an earthquake?
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The Richter magnitude scale is a numerical scale used to measure the size of an earthquake. It is based on the amplitude of the seismic waves, which are measured by seismometers.
The magnitude of an earthquake is determined by measuring the maximum amplitude of the seismic waves that were recorded on a standard seismogram. The larger the amplitude of the waves, the more energy is released, and the greater the magnitude of the earthquake.