Recently, I’ve read two statements in the newspaper presented as fact:
The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale.
The Richter Scale was invented in 1935.
My response: Huh?
I’m assuming that it is statement #1 that is in error, and that it should read “…estimated at 7.9 on the Richter Scale.”
How would anybody make that estimate? Do they go by eyewitness accounts? Geological traces? How can 7.9 be anything but a wild guess?
(PS-If you got a couple extra bucks you might want to get in touch with a local mosque or the Red Cross. The latest est. death toll in Turkey is now in the range of 40,000!)