The energy released in an earthquake ranges over many orders of magnitude.
Earthquakes are measured on a magnitude scale that is exponential: Each additional unit multiplies the energy released by 32. In this Snack, breaking spaghetti creates a “pasta magnitude scale” that models the energy released in an earthquake.
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