After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Elastic rebound" is one of the most basic tenets of modern earthquake science and is the term that scientists use to describe the build-up and release of energy along faults. It is also the best metaphor for societal response m major earthquakes in recent historic times. After the Earth Quakes focuses on this theme, using a number of pivotal and intriguing historic earthquakes as illustrations. The book concludes with a consideration of projected future losses on an increasingly urbanized planet, including the near certainty that a future
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After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet

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Overview

"Elastic rebound" is one of the most basic tenets of modern earthquake science and is the term that scientists use to describe the build-up and release of energy along faults. It is also the best metaphor for societal response m major earthquakes in recent historic times. After the Earth Quakes focuses on this theme, using a number of pivotal and intriguing historic earthquakes as illustrations. The book concludes with a consideration of projected future losses on an increasingly urbanized planet, including the near certainty that a future earthquake will someday claim more than a million lives. This grim prediction impels us to take steps to mitigate earthquake risk, the innately human capacity for rebound notwithstanding.
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"After the Earth Quakes is definitely a worthy book to read. Since the authors manage to convey their message, as well as some basic seismological concepts, without a single equation, it is accessible to the general public, however it will be enjoyed most by seismologists and engineers because of its historic and geodynamics contents. This book should be read by all students of seismology so that they know the genesis of their science, and should be required reading for all functionaries in a wide range of policy making positions."—Pure and Applied Geophysics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199727506
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/24/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

U.S. Geological Survey

University of Colorado

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Table of Contents

1 Impacts and reverberations 3
2 Earthquakes and ancient cities : Armageddon - not the end of the world 28
3 The Lisbon earthquake and the age of reason 41
4 Tecumseh's legacy : the enduring enigma of the new Madrid earthquakes 52
5 19th-century temblors : a science is born 85
6 The 1886 Charleston, South Carolina, earthquake 101
7 Finding faults in California 135
8 The 1923 Kanto earthquake : surviving doomsday 170
9 Hazards of the Caribbean 191
10 Tsunami! 212
11 City of angels or edge city? 226
12 Earthquakes as urban renewal? 244
13 Demonic demographics 255
14 The age of construction 277
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