Geology Earthquakes

The size of these secondary hazards depends on the earthquake strength and duration, on the local geological conditions and on the type of structures and society preparedness. In the following exercise, you will evaluate the differences between measurements of intensity and magnitude and their relationship to secondary seismic hazards for case studies of historical earthquakes.
Read the material for each case study and answer the questions. For an in depth study click on the links to access the main source of info. Based on the description, estimate the intensity of the earthquake main shake using the Modified Mercalli Intensity scale on next page. Mercalli Modified Intensity Scale Intensity Shake Description of events and damage
I Not felt Not felt except by a very few under especially favorable conditions.
II Weak Felt only by a few persons at rest, especially on upper floors of buildings.
III Weak Felt by persons indoors, especially on upper floors of buildings. Many people do not recognize it as an earthquake. Standing motor cars may rock slightly. Vibrations similar to the passing of a truck. Duration estimated.
IV Light Felt indoors by many, outdoors by few during the day. At night, some awakened. Dishes, windows, doors disturbed; walls make cracking sound. Sensation like heavy truck striking building. Standing motor cars rocked noticeably.
V Moderate Felt by nearly everyone; many awakened. Some dishes, windows broken. Unstable objects overturned. Pendulum clocks may stop.
VI Strong Felt by all, many frightened. Some heavy furniture moved; a few instances of fallen plaster. Damage slight.
VII Very strong Damage negligible in buildings of good design and construction; slight to moderate in well-built ordinary structures; considerable damage in poorly built or badly designed structures; some chimneys broken.
 
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