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Animation of energy released during earthquakes since 1960

By Eileen De Guire / December 12, 2011

This two minute animation compares the relative sizes, i.e., energy released, in memorable earthquakes since 1960. The area of the circles represents the relative energy released, and the potential for a tsunami to occur is indicated by a color code system used by NOAA’s National Weather Service. Because the Richter scale is logarithmic, the animation…

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