# Logarithmic scale: Richter scale (earthquake) - Logarithm

### Logarithmic scale: Richter scale (earthquake)

We have previously learnt that applying logarithm on a humungous number will give us a much smaller number. Ever wondered how this property can help us in our daily lives? One of the many applications of logarithmic properties is to measure the magnitude of earthquakes, which we call the Richter magnitude scale. In this section, we will explore the concept of this logarithmic scale and its applications.

###### Basic Concepts

- Exponents: Division rule ${a^x \over a^y}=a^{(x-y)}$