Student or Learner
In 1969 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed 19 people in the southern town of Huelva, according to Spain's National Geographic Institute.
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake was recorded in eastern Kazakhstan on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Are both "a XX magnitude earthquake" and "a magnitude XX earthquake" correct?
NOT A TEACHER
(1) What an interesting question. I had never given this matter
much thought before.
(2) I did some googling, and -- yes -- both ways seem to be
(3) I was able to find a website maintained by the government
of the United States of America. It is called the
National Earthquake Information Center.
(a) It referred to:
the M9.0 Great Tohoku Earthquake, March 11, 2011.
Then later, it referred to it as:
The magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake.
(4) I am a person who likes rules and experts' decisions. It gives
me a feeling of confidence. So if the United States government
uses the word "magnitude" first, then that is what I would do if
I ever had to report an earthquake's magnitude.
P.S. Thanks again for your question. I learned something new