- Novel method of quantifying disasters.
- Devised by Harold D. Foster.
- A kind of Richter scale of human disaster.
- The scale tries to quantify the impact of varying types of disaster through their capacity to generate stress.
- Can be measured as units of "stress", or by the Foster Scale ("Calamity Magnitude Scale") which is logarithmic, i.e. a 1 point increase in the scale is the same as the event being 10 times more severe.
- World War II is the worst catastrophe in recorded memory according to the Foster Scale (magnitude 11.1).
- World War II produced more death, physical damage, and emotional suffering than any other event in history.
- Black Death (Bubonic Plague 1347-1351) comes out as the second worst catastrophe in history (Foster Scale magnitude 10.9), with World War I in third place (Foster Scale magnitude 10.5).
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