Earthquake Hazards

Earthquake Hazards

Risk Assessment and Mitigation

2nd Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Editor: Rasoul Sorkhabi
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323916677

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Earthquake Hazards: Risk Assessment and Mitigation, Second Edition presents the latest scientific developments in earthquake and seismic research, including causality, impacts, preparedness and mitigation. The book takes a geoscientific approach to the topic and contains new insights about how earthquakes and seismic activity can trigger landslides and volcanic activity. This new edition provides 11 new chapters, including a brand-new section devoted to case studies from a variety of earthquake-prone parts of the world. Users will find a thorough, technical treatment of the topic that will be of benefit to researchers and academics in universities, research institutes, geological surveys and hazard management organizations.

Key Features

  • Presents the latest research on seismic natural hazards and risk assessment, economic impacts, fatality rates, and earthquake preparedness and mitigation
  • Includes numerous illustrations, maps, diagrams and tables addressing earthquake risk reduction
  • Features new insights and reviews of earthquake prediction, forecasting and early warning, as well as basic tools that deal with earthquake risk


Geoscientists, including seismologists and earthquake geologists, and natural hazard experts

Table of Contents

  • Part I. Topical and Methodological
    1. Earthquake Hazard Science: A Historical Perspective
    2. Remote Sensing for Disaster Response: A Rapid, Image-Based Perspective
    3. The Capabilities of Earth Observation to Contribute along the Risk Cycle
    4. Ten Years of Real-Time Earthquake Loss Alerts
    5. Forecasting Seismic Risk as an Earthquake Sequence Happens
    6. The Socioeconomic Impact of Earthquake Disasters
    7. The Contribution of Paleoseismology to Earthquake Hazard Evaluations
    8. The Role of Microzonation in Estimating Earthquake Risk
    9. Why are the Standard Probabilistic Methods of Estimating Seismic Hazard and Risks Too Often Wrong
    10. The Continued Utility of Probabilistic Seismic-Hazard Assessment
    11. Precarious Rocks: Providing Upper Limits on Past Ground Shaking from Earthquakes
    12. Quantifying Improvements in Earthquake-Rupture Forecasts through Testable Models
    13. Times of Increased Probabilities for Occurrence of Catastrophic Earthquakes: 25 Years of Hypothesis Testing in Real Time
    14. To What Extent Can Engineering Reduce Seismic Risk?
    15. Decision Making under Uncertainty: Insuring and Reinsuring Earthquake Risk
    16. On synergies among learning from earthquakes and tsunami disasters and development of ocean industries

    Part II. Countries and Case Studies
    17. Review of the Nationwide Earthquake Early Warning in Japan during Its First Five Years
    18. The Most Useful Countermeasure Against Giant Earthquakes and Tsunamis – What We Learned from Interviews of 164 Tsunami Survivors (Japan)
    19. The Experience of Real-Time Earthquake Predictions on Kamchatka
    20. Duties of Earthquake Forecast: Cases and Lessons in China
    21. 10-year Post-Wenchuan Earthquake Lessons: Short-Term Built Environment Reconstruction and Long-Term Social Recovery
    22. How to Render Schools Safe in Developing Countries? (Nepal)
    23. Aggravated Earthquake Risk in South Asia: Engineering versus Human Nature
    24. A Twenty-first Century Requiem for Earthquake Hazard Risk Mitigation in Contemporary Iran
    25. Earthquake hazard, risk and risk mitigation in Turkey
    26. Earthquake hazard assessment and mitigation in Armenia
    27. The Assessment of Earthquake Hazard in Italy in View of the Building Code
    28. Earthquake risk assessment and mitigation in Mexico City
    29. Ground-motion modeling and earthquake hazard mapping in California (Added from reviewer feedback)
    30. Disaster-Risk Reduction Through the Training of Masons and Public Information Campaigns: Experience of SDC’s Competence Centre for Reconstruction in Haiti
    31. Earthquake hazard assessment and mapping in New Zealand (Added from reviewer feedback)
    32. Synthesis: Lessons Learned 

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323916677

About the Editor

Rasoul Sorkhabi

Rasoul Sorkhabi joined the Energy & Geoscience Institute and Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah as a Research Professor in 2003. Prior to EGI, he worked for the Japan National Oil Corporation and Arizona State University. Rasoul holds B.Sc. and M.Sc.degrees in Geology from India and a Ph.D. in Geology from Japan. Rasoul has over two decades of academic and industry experience, and has worked on projects in various parts of the world, from the fold-and-thrust belts through Tethys and Gondwana to deepwater toe-thrusts. Focus regions include Asia and theMiddle East, Africa, and North America. Rasoul has served as a contributing editor and on the editorial board for numerous journals and committees and has published and presented hundreds of papers in leading journals and notable books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Energy and Geoscience Institute and Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah, USA

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