Definition of Mercalli scale

1. Noun. A scale formerly used to describe the magnitude of an earthquake; an earthquake detected only by seismographs is a I and an earthquake that destroys all buildings is a XII.

Category relationships: Geology
Generic synonyms: Graduated Table, Ordered Series, Scale, Scale Of Measurement

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mercalli Scale

Menyanthes trifoliata
Menziesia ferruginea
Menziesia pilosa
Mephitis macroura
Mephitis mephitis
Meralgia paraesthetica
Mercalli scale
Mercator's projection
Mercator projection
Merce Cunningham
Mercenaria mercenaria
Mercier's bar

Literary usage of Mercalli scale

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Earthquakes in the Light of the New Seismology by Clarence Edward Dutton (1904)
"... the Seismograph—Estimates by Effects upon the Senses or Movable Objects—Usually the Only Ones Possible—The Rossi-Forel Scale — The mercalli scale — The ..."

2. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America by Seismological Society of America (1911)
"Let us next look at the mercalli scale, which a little while ago was ... Dutton gives its definitions in English as follows:— THE mercalli scale OF ..."

3. Earthquakes: A Teacher's Package for K-6 edited by Phyllis R. Marcuccio (1999)
"Shortened mercalli scale I. Only instruments detect it. u. People lying down might feel it. HI. People on upper floors of buildings will feel it, ..."

4. Hazard-Wise: Classroom Resources for Teachers on Natural Hazards & Disasters by Chris Dolan (1996)
"Why is it given a lower reading on the mercalli scale than Newcastle, which was only a Richter scale 5.6 earthquake? c Conduct some further research into ..."

5. Seismic Considerations for Communities at Risk edited by Christopher Arnold, Michael Mahoney (1998)
"Unlike the Richter magnitude scale, whose values are set by instrumented readings, the mercalli scale is subjective and values are set by observers based on ..."

6. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America by Seismological Society of America (1914)
"He was the director of the Vesuvius Observatory, professor of seismology at the University of Naples, and the author of the mercalli scale of earthquake ..."

7. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Its intensity at Academy Bay was placed between III and IV on the modified Mercalli scale by Rolf Sievers of the Darwin Research Station. ..."

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