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    magnitude 7.2

    "In the Philippines, the death toll from the earthquake magnitude 7.2 has risen to 156. Rescuers have managed to reach some of the hardest hit areas in the center of the country. "

    The above is what I hear from BBC news, which I might wrongly write down. The underlined part is where I am puzzled. Usually we say "the magnitude-7.2 earthquake". Can we say "an earthquake magnitude 7.2"? Or where am I wrong?

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    Re: magnitude 7.2

    Throw some commas around it.

    ... the earthquake, magnitude 7.2, has ...

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