We acknowledge the comments of R. Das and H. R. Wason on our paper published in Seismological Research Letters80 (4), 609–627 (hereafter Yadav et al. 2009). We respond first to those points we can agree on before dwelling on misunderstandings or misconceptions raised. But first, a general comment. Standard deviations of classical magnitude estimates range at best between 0.1 and 0.2 magnitude units (m.u.). This is the reason why magnitude values are generally published only with a precision of 0.1 m.u. Calculating three decimals, as in Table 1 of Das and Wason, is unrealistic. Accordingly, the International Association...

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