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An yirdquauk (kent as a quauk, tremor or temblor an aw) is the result o a sudden release o energie in the Yird's crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity, seismism or seismic activity o a aurie refers tae the frequency, teep an size o yirdquauks experiencit ower a period o time.

Yirdquauks are measured uisin observations frae seismometers. The moment magnitude is the maist common scale on which yurdquauks lairger than approximately 5 are reportit for the entire globe. The mair numerous yirdquauks smawer than magnitude 5 reportit bi naitional seismological observatories are measured maistly on the local magnitude scale, referred tae as the Richter scale an aw. These twa scales are numerically similar ower their range o validity. Magnitude 3 or lawer yirdquauks are maistly amaist imperceptible or weak an magnitude 7 an ower potentially cause serious damage ower lairger auries, depending on their deth. Intensity o shakin is measured on the modifee'd Mercalli scale.The shallaeer a yirdquauk, the mair damage tae structurs it causes, aw else being equal.[1]

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  1. "Earthquake FAQ". Crustal.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2011-07-24.