I, for one, welcome our new naturally disastrous overlords

I emailed The Guardian and the BBC today. I’ve been irrationally aggrieved by their continued use of “9.0 on the Richter scale” for the recent earthquake.

It’s not the Richter scale: that scale goes bonkers above about magnitude 7. The 9.0 that’s being quoted is actually the moment magnitude (which, by design, corresponds pretty closely to the Richter scale until about magnitude 7, but diverges above).

Saying “Richter scale” is just journalistic sloppiness: assumption rather than investigation. Yes, this is common; but that doesn’t mean I have to let them get away with it. I’m not expecting anything to change as a result, of course.

I decided not to moan about the redundant use of “tsunami waves”:

tsunami: n., pl. tsunamis. A very large ocean wave caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption.

In other natural disaster news: 1-in-37 chance of asteroid impact on Friday April 13, 2029 that would devastate thousands of square kilometres (based on observations at time of writing).

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One response to “I, for one, welcome our new naturally disastrous overlords

  1. Anonymous

    More journalistic shenangans

    Try and find the correlation between the headline and the body of the article:

    http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3933118

    And someone needs to tell Bush he already won the election and there is no need to play the terrorism fear card any more:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4696432,00.html

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