Earthquake Glossary

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A measure of an earthquake's effects at specific locations. The most commonly-used scale of intensity is the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) index, which defines a range from one to twelve (I to XII), with one being the lowest and XII the highest intensity.

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The largest earthquake recorded in the world was a 9.5 magnitude quake in Chile on May 22, 1960.