[ mer-kah-lee, mer-; Italian mer-kahl-lee ]
/ mərˈkɑ li, mɛr-; Italian mɛrˈkɑl li /
a measure of earthquake intensity with 12 divisions ranging from I (felt by very few) to XII (total destruction).
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Origin of Mercalli scale
1920–25; named after Giuseppe Mercalli (1850–1914), Italian seismologist
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/ (mɜːˈkælɪ) /
Word Origin for Mercalli scale
C20: named after Giuseppe Mercalli (1850–1914), Italian volcanologist and seismologist
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[ mər-kä′lē, mĕr- ]
A scale of earthquake intensity based on observed effects and ranging from I (detectable only with instruments) to XII (causing almost total destruction). It is named after the Italian seismologist Giuseppe Mercalli.
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