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Description  Magnitudes    Earthquake Effects                           Frequency of Occurrence
 
Micro        Less than 2.0 Microearthquakes, not felt.                  About 8,000 per day
 
Very minor   2.0-2.9       Generally not felt, but recorded.            About 1,000 per day
 
Minor        3.0-3.9       Often felt, but rarely causes damage.        49,000 per year (est.)
 
Light        4.0-4.9       Noticeable shaking of indoor items, rattling
                           noises. Significant damage unlikely.         6,200 per year (est.)
 
Moderate     5.0-5.9       Can cause major damage to poorly constructed
                           buildings over small regions. At most slight 
                           damage to well-designed buildings.           800 per year 

Strong       6.0-6.9       Can be destructive in areas up to about 
                           100 miles across in populated areas.         120 per year
 
Major        7.0-7.9       Can cause serious damage over larger areas.  18 per year
 
Great        8.0-8.9       Can cause serious damage in areas several
                           hundred miles across.                         1 per year 

Massive      9.0-9.9       Devastating in areas several thousand
                           miles across.                                 1 per 20 years 

Meteoric     10.0+         Never recorded.                               Extremely rare


 
 
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