HOW MUCH POWER DOES AN EARTHQUAKE PACK?

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  • A magnitude 6.0 quake releases approximately as much energy as 6,270 tons of TNT,
  • an M 7.0 199,000 tons,
  • an M 8.0 6.27 million tons
  • and a M 9.0 99 million tons.
  • Of course, all that energy is not focused in one particular spot, but spreads out in waves.