You can use ems log status or ems event status is 7 mode equivalent to event log show in Clustered Data ONTAP.
Both /etc/messages and /etc/log/ems are message logging facilities. However, the event messages in /etc/log/ems are in raw XML encoded format. whereas the/etc/messages file contains event messages were routed to syslog and are decoded in the syslog format, which is easier to read and interpret.
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