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People often focus on a quake’s magnitude, a measure of the size of, and to an extent the energy released during, the rupture in Earth’s surface. What made the earthquake in Morocco so devastating

Does the during serve as an adverb? Also, why is there no and between the extent of energy released and the rupture in Earth’s surface?

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  • Your sentence was incorrectly parsed.
    – Lambie
    Sep 12, 2023 at 13:17
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    It's a poorly written sentence. "People often focus on a quake’s magnitude, a measure of [the size of], [and to an extent the energy released during], the rupture in the Earth’s surface". The bracketed elements are a coordination of two NPs functioning as object of the preposition "of".
    – BillJ
    Sep 12, 2023 at 13:36

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During is a preposition, applied to "the rupture ..." in this case, meaning "in the course of".

Magnitude is a measure of the size of the rupture and magnitude is a measure of the energy released during the rupture.

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