|April Challenge: Logarithmic Plots are a Device of the Devil|
|Starts||2016-04-01 00:00 CCT|
|Closes||2016-06-30 23:59 CCT|
|Charles Richter was born on April 26, 1900 in Overpeck, Ohio. He is most well know for collaborating with Beno Gutenberg to develop The Richter Magnitude Scale, published in 1935. The previous system, developed in 1902, was based on subjective measurements of how buildings and people were affected by an earthquake. The Richter Scale introduced a more absolute measure of intensity by implementing the use of a seismograph which is able to record the Earth's motion. The Richter Scale rates the magnitude of an earthquake (or the amount of energy it releases) as measured by the seismograph. Since the basis of the Richter Scale is a logarithmic, each level on the scale is ten times stronger than the previous level (each whole number being representative of a level).
The Richter Scale has since been succeeded by the Moment Magnitude Scale which uses different formulae but remains similar to its predecessor.