Mercalli scale
noun Etymology: Giuseppe Mercalli died 1914 Italian priest and geologist Date: 1921 a scale of earthquake intensity ranging from I for an earthquake detected only by seismographs to XII for one causing total destruction of all buildings

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  • Mercalli scale — /mɜˈkæli skeɪl/ (say mer kalee skayl) noun a 12 point scale for measuring the intensity of an earthquake, ranging from 1 (scarcely felt) to 12 (total destruction). Compare Richter scale. {named after Giuseppe Mercalli, 1850–1914, Italian… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mercalli scale — noun 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 • Topics: ↑geology • Hypernyms: ↑scale, ↑scale of measurement,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mercalli scale — /meuhr kah lee, mer /; It. /merdd kahl lee/, Geol. a measure of earthquake intensity with 12 divisions ranging from I (felt by very few) to XII (total destruction). [1920 25; named after Giuseppe Mercalli (1850 1914), Italian seismologist] * * * …   Universalium

  • Mercalli scale —  A measure of earthquake intensity; named for the Italian volcanologist Giuseppe Mercalli (1850–1914) …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Mercalli (intensity) scale — or Mercalli scale [mer kä′lē] n. a numerical scale for measuring the destructive power and major physical effects of an earthquake, ranging from number I (detectable only by seismographs) to number XII (causing extensive landslides, destruction… …   Universalium

  • Mercalli (intensity) scale — or Mercalli scale [mer kä′lē] n. a numerical scale for measuring the destructive power and major physical effects of an earthquake, ranging from number I (detectable only by seismographs) to number XII (causing extensive landslides, destruction… …   English World dictionary

  • Mercalli (intensity) scale — or Mercalli scale [mer kä′lē] n. a numerical scale for measuring the destructive power and major physical effects of an earthquake, ranging from number I (detectable only by seismographs) to number XII (causing extensive landslides, destruction… …   English World dictionary

  • Mercalli — in reference to Mercalli scale, 1900, named for Italian geologist Giuseppe Mercalli (1850 1914), who invented it ( I Terremoti della Liguria e del Piemonte, Naples, 1897). It was a modification of the Rossi Forel scale (1883) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Mercalli intensity scale — Part of a series on earthquakes Types Foreshock • Aftershock • Blind thrust Doublet • Interplate • …   Wikipedia

  • Mercalli-Skala — Mer|cạl|li|ska|la auch: Mer|cạl|li Ska|la 〈f.; ; unz.〉 zwölfstufige Skala zum Messen der Stärke von Erdbeben; →a. Richterskala [nach dem ital. Geologen G. Mercalli, 1850 1914] * * * Mercạlli Skala   [nach dem italienischen Vulkanologen… …   Universal-Lexikon

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