Why is the Richter Scale wrong?

There is a tendency for the media to use out of date terminology when talking about Geography. A good example of this is the term “Richter Scale”, which is out of date and shouldn’t be used, see the link below for details:

http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/gsl/null/lang/en/page708.html

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  1. […] Earthquake in Chile – what were the effects? Posted on March 24, 2008 by erlaurie A large earthquake hit Chile on the 27th of February 2010, where the Nazca plate is being subducted under the South American plate. At 8.8, it was one of the strongest ever recorded on the Moment Magnitude Scale, which has replaced the Richter Scale as a means of measuring the intensity of earthquakes (details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moment_magnitude_scale & here: https://dlgb.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/why-the-richter-scale-is-wrong/). […]

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