Elastic rebound is one of the most basic tenets of modern earthquake science, the term that scientists use to describe the buildup and release of energy along faults. It is also the best metaphor for societal responses to major earthquakes in recent historic times. This book focuses on this theme, using a number of historic earthquakes as illustration. It concludes with a consideration of projected future losses on an increasingly urbanized planet, including the near certainty that a single earthquake will someday claim more than 1 million lives.

After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet. By...

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