I. Seismic Intensity Scale
Forget the Richter scale, Tokyo’s Minato Ward has a far more helpful and amusing scale for judging earthquake intensity, their Seismic Intensity Scale.
This scale could probably be used to measure intoxication…with similar results.
Scale zero is pretty self-explanatory. Not sure I follow the graphic, though.
“People have difficulty standing still.”
A.k.a nomohodai 飲み放題 stage (all-you-can-drink stage):
I believe this scale is a version of the Japan Meteorological Agency Seismic Intensity Scale 気象庁震度階級, aks the JMA intensity scale, or Shindo 震度 for short, which means ‘seismic intensity’. You can check out the JMA website, which includes the following graphic:
II. Mercalli earthquake scale
Here’s another one from Shimane Prefecture (PDF):
Here’s a comparison of the Mercalli scale to the Richter scale (source):
Another intensity scale I recently found..
And a comment about this scale from a Setagaya, Tokyo native…
- Police, fire, earthquakes, and emergencies
- Tsunami danger scale (Twitter)
- Earthquake protection cross-braces at Toei Toyama Heights Apartments 都営戸山ハイツアパート
- NHK’s シュト子の首都圏防災ナビ Shutoken (Greater Tokyo Area) Capital Area Disaster Prevention website:
And the importance of a longbar 長尺バール in assisting after an earthquake (source):
On a related note, a chart about Tsunami strength: