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Mercalli scale

[ mer-kah-lee, mer-; Italian mer-kahl-lee ]
/ mərˈkɑ li, mɛr-; Italian mɛrˈkɑl li /
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noun Geology.
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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British Dictionary definitions for Mercalli scale

Mercalli scale
/ (mɜːˈkælɪ) /

noun
a 12-point scale for expressing the intensity of an earthquake, ranging from 1 (not felt, except by few under favourable circumstances) to 12 (total destruction)Compare Richter scale See also intensity (def. 4)

Word Origin for Mercalli scale

C20: named after Giuseppe Mercalli (1850–1914), Italian volcanologist and seismologist
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Scientific definitions for Mercalli scale

Mercalli scale
[ mər-kälē, 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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