Originally Posted by everlast
I believe the Richter scale is logarithmic, and increasing the number by one (5 to 6) doubles its strength, so a 7 would have been catastrophic. Like, death and stuff. And broken things.
From Wikipedia (so take it with a grain of salt) : The Richter magnitude scale, also known as the local magnitude (ML) scale, assigns a single number to quantify the amount of seismic energy released by an earthquake. It is a base-10 logarithmic scale obtained by calculating the logarithm of the combined horizontal amplitude (shaking amplitude) of the largest displacement from zero on a particular type of seismometer (Wood–Anderson torsion). So, for example, an earthquake that measures 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than one that measures 4.0.
A seven on the Richter Scale = us being f%^$ed.
Is it sad that I was kind of hoping the parking garage would collapse yesterday so I could get a new car?