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Title: Aftershocks
Authors: D'Amico, Sebastiano
Keywords: Books -- Reviews
Earthquakes -- History
Earthquakes -- Social aspects
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Citation: D'Amico, S. (2016). Aftershocks. Science, 353(6295), 129.
Abstract: Despite advances in monitoring and modern infrastructure, earthquakes continue to represent one of the most serious risks to health, safety, and economic viability in many parts of the world. This is, in part, because science still cannot predict the exact time and place where an earthquake will strike. Yet, despite our insistence on treating such catastrophes as “acts of God,” the truth is that we humans seek out areas prone to major seismic activity. Indeed, more than half of today’s largest cities lie in areas that are prone to earthquakes. Traditionally, when scientists discuss earthquakes, we talk about geology and seismology, infrastructure and engineering, as well as management strategies for minimizing human and material losses. Nevertheless, the study of an earthquake’s effect on the social and cultural elements of a community can help us understand how different societies have evolved and adapted over time and how cities have built up their relative capacity to withstand future large seismic events. [excerpt]
Description: Book reviewed: Earth-Shattering Events Earthquakes, Nations, and Civilization by Andrew Robinson Thames and Hudson, 2016. 256 pp.
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