Think not. It's 900 times more intense.
In other words, the formula for measuring the intensity of an earthquake is not a linear function. It's logarithmic.
R = 0.67 log [0.37E] + 1.46, where R is the Richter Scale magnitude and E the energy released during the earthquake.
Here are some rough calculations comparing earthquakes measuring 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on the Richter Scale:
Magnitude 2 is 30 times more intense than magnitude 1 [not twice]
Magnitude 3 is 900 times more intense than magnitude 1 [not 3 times]
Magnitude 4 is 27,000 more intense than magnitude 1 [not 4 times]
Magnitude 5 is 810,000 more intense than magnitude 1 [not 5 times]
..and so on.
See the pattern? You keep multiplying by 30 at each increment.
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