In their study of the Nepal earthquake of 25 April 2015, Martin et al. (2015) build a large European Macroseismic Scale (EMS‐98) intensity dataset, from which they infer some results in terms of attenuation laws and reconsideration of historical earthquakes. In this article we would like to draw attention to how the EMS‐98 practice, as established in the official guidelines (Grünthal, 1998; see also Musson and Cecic, 2012), was distorted by Martin et al. (2015), so that we wonder why they decided to adopt this tool instead of other macroseismic scales more suitable to interpret the...

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