The Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

An alternative scale to measure earthquakes. Instead of measuring seismic energy like for the better known Richter Scale, this scale is informed by a (surviving) participant’s emotional reactions and observations after the shaking stops.

I think this scale also works well for arguments. Two of the ratings:

V. Felt by nearly everyone; many awakened. Some dishes, windows broken. Unstable objects overturned. Pendulum clocks may stop.
VI. Felt by all, many frightened. Some heavy furniture moved; a few instances of fallen plaster. Damage slight.

[USGS.gov via Marshall Brain @ How Stuff Works]

[photo via dvhardware]
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July 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts.

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