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Earthquake / Andrew Robinson.

Author/Creator:
Robinson, Andrew.
Publication:
London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2012.
Format/Description:
Book
208 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 21 cm.
Series:
Earth series (Reaktion Books (Firm))
Earth series
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Other Title:
Earthquake : nature and culture.
Subjects:
Earthquakes.
Earthquakes in art.
Earthquakes -- Social aspects.
Earthquakes -- Mythology.
Summary:
Los Angeles and Tokyo, Instanbul and Beijing, Lima and Cairo are among the more than 60 large cities at definite risk from an earthquake. Although European cities seem less vulnerable, devastating earthquakes have hit Athens, Bucharest, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome and Naples, among others, over the past three centures. Even London experienced a shock in 1884 that sopped MPs in the Houses of Parliament in their tracks.
This book describes two millennia of major earthquakes and their effects on societies around the world; the ways in which culture shave mythologized earthquakes through religion, the arts and popular culture; and the science of measureing, understanding and trying to predict earthquakes. According to Charles Darwin, a great earthquake in Chile in 1835 was the single most interesting event of his entire five-year journey around the globe on HMS Beagle.
Despite advances in both science and engineering, and improved disaster preparedness, earthquakes continue to cause immese loss of life and damage. The Haiti earthquake of 2010 took some quarter of a million lives. No one will ever forget the catastrophic tsunami unleashed in 2011 by a magnitude-9 earthquake off the east coast of Japan - a crisis described by Japans' prime minsiter as the most disastrous nationa l event since the atomic bomb strikes in 1945. Tokyo was largely unaffected in 2011, unlike in 1703, 1855 and 1923 when earthquakes ravaged the capital. How ling will it be bfoe the next big Tokyo earthquake? Written by a highly experienced science writer, journalist and scholar, Earthquake will appeal as much to general readers of popular science as it will to experts in many fields -- P. [2] of cover.
Contents:
Earth-shattering events
Lisbon, 1755: the wrath of God
Seismology begins
Tokyo, 1923: Holocaust
Measuring earthquakes
Faults, plates and drifting continents
Caifornia: the enigma of the San Andreas fault
Prediction of the unpredictable
Designing against death.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-200) and index.
ISBN:
9781780230276
1780230273
OCLC:
788269832