"the richter scale is like the levels on my mixer it goes red, you dead, and i like my beats loud yeah?
natural disaster, that leaves you with laughter."
It's a stair case that gets steeper the higher you go. Thus the difference between 6.0 and 7.0 earthquakes is much greater than the difference between 3.0 and 4.0 earthquakes. The linked video discusses money, but the same principle applies to earthquakes.
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