Mercalli scale

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Mer·cal·li scale

 (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).

[After Giuseppi Mercalli (1850-1914), Italian seismologist.]
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Mercalli scale

(Geological Science) 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 intensity4
[C20: named after Giuseppe Mercalli (1850–1914), Italian volcanologist and seismologist]
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Noun1.Mercalli scale - a scale formerly used to describe the magnitude of an earthquakeMercalli scale - 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
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
graduated table, ordered series, scale, scale of measurement - an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
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"Dubai Shake Map showed low seismic intensity ranges from 3 to 4 on the Modified Mercalli Scale at the epicentre area where minor tremors happened at 8.13 pm, 9.07 pm, and 9.08 pm on Sunday," said Mohammad Mashroom, director of the Survey Department at Dubai Municipality.
He said the temblor was felt by people living in Bantul and environs at II-III on the Modified Mercalli scale.