|Magnitude-Shindo Number / Meter reading
||Effects on people
||Ground and slopes
||Peak ground acceleration
|0 (0) / 0–0.4
||Not felt by all or most people.
||Indoor objects will not shake.
||Buildings will not receive damage.
||Less than 0.008 m/s²
|1 (1) / 0.5–1.4
||Felt by only some people indoors.
||Objects may swing/rattle very slightly.
||Upper sections of multi-story buildings may feel the earthquake.
|2 (2) / 1.5–2.4
||Felt by many to most people indoors. Some people awake.
||Hanging objects such as lamps swing slightly.
||Homes and apartment buildings will shake, but will receive no damage.
||No buildings receive damage.
|3 (3) / 2.5–3.4
||Felt by most to all people indoors. Some people are frightened.
||Objects inside rattle noticeably and can fall off tables.
||Electric wires swing slightly. People can feel it outdoors.
||Houses may shake strongly. Less earthquake-resistant houses can receive slight damage.
||Buildings may receive slight damage if not earthquake-resistant. None to very light damage to earthquake-resistant and normal buildings.
||No services are affected.
|4 (4) / 3.5-4.4
||Many people are frightened. Some people try to escape from danger. Most sleeping people awake.
||Hanging objects swing considerably and dishes in a cupboard rattle. Unstable ornaments fall occasionally. Very loud noises.
||Electric wires swing considerably. People outside can notice the tremor.
||Less earthquake-resistant homes can suffer slight damage. Most homes shake strongly and small cracks may appear. The entirety of apartment buildings will shake.
||Other buildings can receive slight damage. Earthquake-resistant structures will survive, most likely without damage.
||Electricity may go out shortly.
||No landslides or cracks occur.
|5-lower (5弱) / 4.5-4.9
||Most people try to escape from danger by running outside. Some people find it difficult to move.
||Hanging objects swing violently. Most unstable items fall. Dishes in a cupboard and books fall and furniture moves.
||People notice electric-light poles swing. Occasionally, windowpanes are broken and fall, unreinforced concrete-block walls collapse, and roads suffer damage.
||Less earthquake-resistant homes and apartments suffer damage to walls and pillars.
||Cracks are formed in walls of less earthquake-resistant buildings. Normal and earthquake resistant structures receive slight damage.
||A safety device can cut off the gas service in some residences. Sometimes, water pipes are damaged and water service is interrupted. Electricity can be interrupted.
||Cracks may appear in soft ground, and rockfalls and small slope failures take place.
|5-upper (5強) / 5.0–5.4
||Many people are considerably frightened and find it difficult to move.
||Most dishes in a cupboard and most books on a bookshelf fall. Occasionally, a TV set on a rack falls, heavy furniture such as a chest of drawers fall, sliding doors slip out of their groove and the deformation of door frames makes it impossible to open doors.
||Unreinforced concrete-block walls can collapse and tombstones overturn. Many automobiles stop because it becomes difficult to drive from the shaking. Poorly installed vending machines can fall.
||Less earthquake-resistant homes and apartments suffer heavy/significant damage to walls and pillars and can lean.
||Medium to large cracks are formed in walls. Crossbeams and pillars of less earthquake-resistant buildings and even highly earthquake-resistant buildings also have cracks.
||Gas pipes and water mains are damaged. (Gas service and/or water service are interrupted in some regions.)
||Cracks may appear in soft ground. Rockfalls and small slope failures would take place.
|6-lower (6弱) / 5.5–5.9
||Difficult to keep standing.
||A lot of heavy and unfixed furniture moves and falls. It is impossible to open the door in many cases. All objects will shake violently.
||Strongly and severely felt outside. Light posts swing, and electric poles can fall down, causing fires.
||Less earthquake-resistant houses collapse and even walls and pillars of other homes are damaged. Apartment buildings can collapse by floors falling down onto each other.
||Less earthquake-resistant buildings easily receive heavy damage and may be destroyed. Even highly earthquake-resistant buildings have large cracks in walls and will be moderately damaged, at least. In some buildings, wall tiles and windowpanes are damaged and fall.
||Gas pipes and/or water mains will be damaged. Gas, water and electricity are interrupted.
||Small to medium cracks appear in the ground, and larger landslides take place.
|6-upper (6強) / 6.0–6.4
||Impossible to keep standing and to move without crawling.
||Most heavy and unfixed furniture moves and becomes displaced.
||Trees can fall down due to violent shaking. Bridges and roads suffer moderate to severe damage.
||Less earthquake-resistant houses will collapse or be severely damaged. In some cases, highly earthquake-resistant residences are heavily damaged. Multi-story apartment buildings will fall down partially or completely.
||Many walls collapse, or at least are severely damaged. Some less earthquake-resistant buildings collapse. Even highly earthquake-resistant buildings suffer severe damage.
||Occasionally, gas and water mains are damaged. (Electrical service is interrupted. Occasionally, gas and water service are interrupted over a large area.)
||Cracks can appear in the ground, and landslides take place.
|7 (7) / 6.5 and up
||Thrown by the shaking and impossible to move at will.
||Most furniture moves to a large extent and some jumps up.
||In most buildings, wall tiles and windowpanes are damaged and fall. In some cases, reinforced concrete-block walls collapse.
||Most or all residences collapse or receive severe damage, no matter how earthquake-resistant they are.
||Most or all buildings (even earthquake-resistant ones) suffer severe damage.
||Electrical, gas and water service are interrupted.
||The ground is considerably distorted by large cracks and fissures, and slope failures and landslides take place, which can change topographic features.
||Greater than 4 m/s²