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Richter Scale is Out; Moment Magnitude Scale is In

We stand corrected. The below email came to us from a Red Cross Blog reader.

You mentioned the Richter Scale in one of your tweets or blog posts. It’s a little bit of a technicality because the media still uses it but the Richter Scale isn’t used to measure earthquakes anymore. Now they use the “moment magnitude scale”. I learned this a couple of weeks ago from the podcast, “Stuff You Should Know“.

We guess Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet Member Heidi Klum is right. One minute you’re in and the next you’re out. Auf wiedersehen Richter Scale.

* Heidi’s image used for comic affect. She has no actual opinions about the Richter Scale’s style that we are aware of.