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Does "point 8" refer to the magnitude of the earthquake in this context ?
Thanks for your help.
Kelsey: We don't have much time left before our presentation - only the rest of this week. Let's talk about what we still need to do.
Lock: Oh, sure, but I have hockey practice in half an hour.
Kelsey: This won't take long, I hope. Now, I'll do the introduction. First, I'll talk about how the geologists at Volcano Watch detected another tiny earthquake on Stone Peak two weeks ago. The quake registered only point 8, but they think it could be part of a series of small quakes that precede an eruption. Then I'll give the history of the eruptions in that area.
Lock: How far are you going to back?
Kelsey: Two thousand years. ... ...
The scale goes up by "points" and you would say "seven point three on the Richter scale." To say it was "point eight" is a bit confusing. It could be 0.8 or 8.0 but in this context of a very small quake, he means 0.8