After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet by Susan Elizabeth HoughAfter the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet by Susan Elizabeth Hough

After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet

bySusan Elizabeth Hough, Roger G. Bilham

Paperback | April 21, 2006

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Earthquakes rank among the most terrifying natural disasters faced by mankind. Out of a clear blue sky-or worse, a jet black one-comes shaking strong enough to hurl furniture across the room, human bodies out of bed, and entire houses off of their foundations. When the dust settles, theimmediate aftermath of an earthquake in an urbanized society can be profound. Phone and water supplies can be disrupted for days, fires erupt, and even a small number of overpass collapses can snarl traffic for months. However, when one examines the collective responses of developed societies tomajor earthquake disasters in recent historic times, a somewhat surprising theme emerges: not only determination, but resilience; not only resilience, but acceptance; not only acceptance, but astonishingly, humor. Elastic rebound is one of the most basic tenets of modern earthquake science, theterm that scientists use to describe the build-up and release of energy along faults. It is also the best metaphor for societal responses to major earthquakes in recent historic times. After The Earth Quakes focuses on this theme, using a number of pivotal and intriguing historic earthquakes asillustration. 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 over a million lives. This grim prediction impels us to take steps to mitigate earthquake risk, theinnately human capacity for rebound notwithstanding.
Susan Elizabeth Hough is at U.S. Geological Survey. Roger G. Bilham is at University of Colorado.
Title:After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban PlanetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.42 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:April 21, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Impacts and Reverberations2. Earthquakes and Ancient Cities: Armegeddon-Not the End of the World3. The Lisbon Earthquake and the Age of Reason4. Tecumeseh's Legacy: The Enduring Enigma of the New Madrid Earthquakes5. 19th Century Tremblors: A Science is Born6. The 1886 Charleston, South Carolina Earthquake7. Finding Fault in California8. The 1923 Kanto Earthquake: Surviving Doomsday9. Hazards of the Caribbean10. Tsunamis11. City of Angels or Edge City12. Demonic Demographics13. The Age of Construction