Review by: John J. Clague

Earthquakes are one of the greatest natural hazards humans face. In the 20th century alone, over two million people have died during strong earthquakes and in the fires, tsunamis, and landslides that accompanied them. It is unlikely that the death toll in this century will be any lower, as evidenced by the tragic toll of the earthquakes in Pakistan in 2005, China in 2008, and Haiti in 2010, as well as the earthquake-triggered tsunamis in the Indian Ocean in 2004 and Japan in 2011. Until better construction practices are adopted and proactive earthquake preparation becomes...

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