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The Nepal earthquake today had less than one-fifth the strength of the last one

  • David Yanofsky
By David Yanofsky

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Another large earthquake struck Nepal today. It was estimated as a magnitude 7.3 by the United States Geological Survey. Due to the logarithmic way earthquakes are measured, this means it released just 0.178 the energy of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that shook the country on April 25.

For comparison, see the graphic below or read more about the mind-bending scale on which earthquakes are measured.

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