Putting 3.6 kg on the scales and with the stated ambition to ‘summarise our present knowledge about earthquake and engineering seismology as whole [in conjunction with Part B]’ the International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology, Part A is a weighty tome indeed. The Handbook is the outcome of a project by IASPEI (International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior) and the International Association of Earthquake Engineering. The present volume concentrates on earthquake seismology, with forays into related topics such as controlled source seismology and plate tectonics; engineering issues are largely confined to Part B.

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