Earthquakes: Risk Factors, Seismic Effects and Economic Consequences

Albert P. Quinn (Editor)

Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: SCI082000

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An earthquake is a natural disaster that causes damage worldwide. Not only earthquakes of high magnitude, but also those of small magnitude that strike unprepared regions can cause economic and social consequences, and many casualties. Unlike other natural disasters, the exact time of an earthquake cannot be estimated; scientists can only predict the timeline and magnitude based on the history of earthquakes in a region. Even though current technology cannot predict the precise time, location or magnitude, public awareness about the estimations allows both individuals and government to be ready for their devastating effects.

This book begins by discussing how public awareness about the effects of earthquakes and how to prepare for a possible earthquake which can potentially save lives. The book then continues with topics that include seismic PRA; seismic safety assessments of existing buildings; psychiatric reactions of individuals to earthquakes; possible relation between an intense earthquake and the voltage signal generated by atmospheric ionic currents and/or sudden change of the electric field in the air. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1 - Implementing Earthquake Risk Communication: An Evaluation of Mainstream and Educational Video Games on Earthquakes (pp. 1-40)
Zeynep Tanes (Duquesne University, Journalism and Multimedia Arts Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

Chapter 2 - New Methodology to Estimate Peak Ground and Spectral Acceleration Relationships for the Purpose of Seismic Hazard Analysis (pp. 41-66)
Abdollah Bagheri (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

Chapter 3 - Seismic PRA: Streamlining Hazard Frequency Curve Representation via Distributional Fitting (pp. 67-78)
Raymond H. V. Gallucci (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Washington, D.C., USA)

Chapter 4 - A Risk- and Cost-Based Methodology for the Seismic Safety Assessment of Existing Buildings (pp. 79-126)
Xavier Romão, Raimundo Delgado and Aníbal Costa (Civil Engineering Department, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 5 - The Medical Relief of Earthquake Disaster in China: Moving through the Disaster (pp. 127-140)
Xiangmei Chen (Department of Nephrology, State Key Laboratory of Kidney Diseases, National Clinical Research Center for Kidney Disease, Chinese PLA General Hospital)
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Chapter 6 - Possible Relation between an Intense Earthquake and the Voltage Signal Generated by the Atmospheric Ionic Current and/or Sudden Change of the Electric Field in Air (pp. 141-168)
Akira Mizuno and Kazunori Takashima (Department of Environmental and Life Sciences, Toyohashi University of Technology, Tenpaku-cho, Toyohashi, Japan)

Chapter 7 - Earthquakes and Psychiatric Reactions (pp. 169-182)
Michitaka Funayama (Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, Japan)
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Chapter 8 - Japanese Red Cross Ishinomaki Hospital and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake (pp. 183-194)
Satoshi Suzuki, Michio Kobayashi, Masakazu Kobayashi and Satoru Ishibashi (Department of Thoracic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Ishinomaki Hospital, Hebita, Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan, and others)

Chapter 9 - 1/F and the Earthquake Problem: Earthquake Forecasting and a Framework for Predictability – Past, Present, and Future (pp. 195-226)
Mark R. Yoder

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