Friday, March 11th, 2011

Media scientific illiteracy: John Humphrys and the 8.9% Tokyo earthquake

Heard this morning on Radio 4’s Today programme: John Humphrys expressing the magnitude of this morning’s Tokyo earthquake as a percentage – “8.9%”. The Richter earthquake scale is a base-10 logarithmic scale (ie, it has no unit as such, and each unitary value greater than the one before is actually 10 times more powerful). So […]

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