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International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology, Part A - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124406520, 9780080489223

International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology, Part A, Volume 81A

1st Edition

Editors: William Lee Paul Jennings Carl Kisslinger Hiroo Kanamori
eBook ISBN: 9780080489223
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124406520
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th September 2002
Page Count: 1200
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Table of Contents

PART A PART I. History and Prefatory Essays
01. History of Seismology (D. C. Agnew)
02. Historical View of Earthquake Engineering (G. W. Housner)
03. The Jesuit Contribution to Seismology (A. Udias and W. Stauder)
04. International Seismology (R. D. Adams)
05. Synthesis of Earthquake Science Information and Its Public Transfer: a history of the Southern California Earthquake Center (K. Aki)
06. Continental Drift, Sea-floor Spreading, and Plate/Plume Tectonics (S. Uyeda)
07. Earthquake Mechanisms and Plate Tectonics (S. Stein and E. Klosko)

PART II. Theoretical Seismology
08. Theoretical Seismology: An introduction (A. Udias).
09. Seismic Ray Theory and Finite Frequency Extensions (C. H. Chapman)
10. Normal Modes of the Earth and Planets (P. Lognonne and E. Clevede)
11. Inversion of Surface Waves: A review (B. Romanowicz)
12. Earthquake Dynamics (R. Madariaga and K. B. Olsen)
13. Scattering and Attenuation of Seismic Waves in the Lithosphere (H. Sato, M. Fehler, and R. S. Wu)
14. Earthquakes as a Complex System (D. L. Turcotte and B. D. Malamud)
15. Physics of Earthquakes (R. Teisseyre and E. Majewski)
16. Probabilistic Approach to Inverse Problems (K. Mosegaard and A. Tarantola)

PART III. Observational Seismology
17. Seismic Monitoring: a personal overview (W. H. K. Lee)
18. Seismometry (E. Wielandt)
19. Seismic Noise on Land and on the Seafloor (S. C. Webb)
20. U. S. Contribution to Digital Global Seismograph Networks (C. R. Hutt, H. F. Bolton, and L. G. Holcomb)
21. The Structure and Interpretation of Seismograms (O. Kulhanek)
22. Analysis of Digital Earthquake Signals (F. Scherbaum)
23. Seismometer Arrays -- Their use in earthquake and test ban seismology (A. Douglas)
24. Seismological Methods of Monitoring Compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (P. G. Richards)
25. Volcano Seismology and Monitoring for Eruptions (S. R. McNutt)
26. Three-Dimensional Crustal P-Wave Imaging of Mauna Loa and Kilauea Volcanoes, Hawaii (H. M. Benz, P. Okubo, and A. Villasenor)
27. Marine Seismology (K. Suyehiro and K. Mochizuki)
28. Tsunami (K. Satake)

PART IV. Earthquake Geology and Mechanics
29. Geology of the Crustal Earthquake Source (R. H. Sibson)
30. Paleoseismology (L. B. Grant)
31. Using Earthquakes for Continental Tectonic Geology (J. Jackson)
32. Rock Failure and Earthquakes (D. A. Lockner and N. M. Beeler)
33. State of Stress within the Earth (L. J. Ruff)
34. State of Stress in the Earth's Lithosphere (M. D. Zoback and M. L. Zoback)
35. Strength and Energetics of Active Fault Zones (J. N. Brune and W. Thatcher)
36. Implications of Crustal Strain during Conventional, Slow and Silent Earthquakes (M. J. S. Johnston and A. T. Linde)
37. Estimating Earthquake Source Parameters from Geodetic Measurements (K. L. Feigl)
38. Electromagnetic Fields Generated by Earthquakes (M. J. S. Johnston)
39. Earthquake-Related Hydrological and Geochemical Changes (C. Y. King and G. Igarashi)
40. Case Histories of Induced and Triggered Seismicity (A. McGarr, D. Simpson, and L. Seeber)

PART V. Seismicity of the Earth
41. Global Seismicity: 1900-1999 (E. R. Engdahl and A. Villasenor)
42. A List of Deadly Earthquakes in the World (1500-2000) (T. Utsu)
43. Statistical Features of Seismicity (T. Utsu)
44. Relationships between Earthquake Magnitude Scales (T. Utsu)
45. Historical Seismicity and Tectonics (N. N. Ambraseys, J. A. Jackson, and C. P. Melville)
46. Earthquakes and Archaeology (A. Nur)
47. Historical Seismology: The long memory of the inhibited world (E. Guidoboni)
48. Earthquake History: some examples
* 48.1 Introduction (W. H. K. Lee)
* 48.2 California Earthquakes of M =5.5: Their history and the areas damaged (T. Toppozada and D. Branum)
* 48.3 The Historical Earthquakes of India (S. P. Satyabala)
* 48.4 Historical Earthquakes in Japan (T. Usami)
* 48.5 Historical Earthquakes of the British Isles (R. M. W. Musson)

49. Macroseismology (R. M. W. Musson and I. Cecic)
50. USGS Moment Tensor Catalog of Earthquakes (S. A. Sipkin)

PART VI. Earth's Structure
51. The Earth's Interior (T. Lay)
52. Probing the Earth's Interior with Seismic Tomography (A. Curtis and R. Snieder)
53. Seismic Anisotropy (M. Cara)
54. Seismic Structure of the Continental Lithosphere from Controlled Source Data (W. D. Mooney, C. Prodehl, and N. I. Pavlenkova)
55. Seismic Structure of the Oceanic Crust and Passive Continental Margins (T. A. Minshull)
56. The Earth's Core (X. Song)


Modern scientific investigations of earthquakes began in the 1880s, and the International Association of Seismology was organized in 1901 to promote collaboration of scientists and engineers in studying earthquakes. The International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, under the auspices of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI), was prepared by leading experts under a distinguished international advisory board and team of editors.

The content is organized into 56 chapters and includes over 430 figures, 24 of which are in color.

This large-format, comprehensive reference summarizes well-established facts, reviews relevant theories, surveys useful methods and techniques, and documents and archives basic seismic data. It will be the authoritative reference for scientists and engineers and a quick and handy reference for seismologists.

Also available is The International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, Part B.


Geophysicists, engineers, seismologists, and geologists in academia and industry.


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"...the Handbook gives a comprehensive picture of the state of the art of seismology at the beginning of the 21st century and, undoubtedly, it will be highly appreciated by the world seismological community."
Russian Academy of Sciences, National Geophysical Committee. November 2003

"Monumental in scope, authoritative in treatment, and historic in impact, the International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology will be the most important source book for seismology and its applications for years to come. This is one of those exceptional books that libraries and professionals from academia, industry, and government cannot do without."
-Frank Press, President Emeritus, US National Academy of Sciences

"The International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology is an impressive and comprehensive collection of articles by leaders in their fields. It is sure to be a valuable resource for students, research workers and practitioners who need a broad, reliable and up-to-date source of information and knowledge in seismological fields.
-George W. Housner, Professor Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

"...of great interest to practicing engineers and researchers alike...a highly valuable source of helpful information for years to come in enhancing public and industrial safety worldwide."
-William J. Hall, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

"Great credit goes to the Editors for attracting...the most experienced and highly regarded experts from more than 50 countries to participate in this comprehensive and truly international work. It covers not only the history of our science, but leads to the present day frontiers of our knowledge."
-Hans Berckhemer, Past President of IASPEI, from the Foreword

"...This 'handbook' is more of an Encyclopedia of Seismology than a 'handbook' As an encyclopedia, this book covers just about any aspect of seismology one can think of, except for the applied seismology that is the forte of most SEG members. ...I highly recommend this work for those who are curious and interested in expanding their horizons."
-R.E. Sheriff, University of Houston

"a unique reference work that utilizes modern computer technology to supplement the printed information. It provides data sets (e.g. catalogs of world earthquakes) that cannot be found anywhere else...[a] magnum opus of seismology."
-Cinna Lomnitz for "Natural Hazards"

"...I can wholeheartedly recommend this volume, and in fact I already find myself frequently looking up one fact or technique or another in my daily work...a must for every Earth Science library and a worthwhile investment for every practitioner."
-Frederik Tilmann for GEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE

Ratings and Reviews

About the Editors

William Lee

Paul Jennings

Affiliations and Expertise

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.

Carl Kisslinger

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Colorado, Boulder, U.S.A.

Hiroo Kanamori

Affiliations and Expertise

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.