The Moroccan Earthquake and the Richter scale

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Friday evening, September 8th, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Morocco southwest of Marrakech.

What does a 6.8 magnitude earthquake mean?  How powerful was that?  What is a seismometer and a seismograph?  What is the amplitude of a seismograph reading?  Why did the quake happen in Morocco?

Use our Richter scale activity to introduce your students to logarithmic Richter magnitudes.

The activity: MoroccoEarthquake.pdf

CCSS: 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSF.LE.A.1, HSF.LE.A.2, HSF.LE.A.4, HSF.LE.B.5

For members we have an editable Word docx, an Excel sheet comparing magnitude to energy, and our solutions.

  MoroccoEarthquake.docx     Richter-scale-vs-energy-yield.xlsx    MoroccoEarthquake-solution.pdf


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