Earthquake Early Warning Systems. Paolo Gasparini, Gaetano Manfredi, and Jochen Zschau, editors. 2007. ISBN: 978-3-540-72240-3. 349 pp. $169.00 (hardcover). Springer; 800-777-4643; www.springer.com.

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During the past few decades, economic losses and human casualties due to natural disasters increased exponentially, mainly because of the increased density of population and industry in high hazard areas. Although the prediction of earthquakes is not practicable yet, current technology allows prompt identification of the onset of dangerous seismic events before they hit urban areas. Earthquake early warning (EEW) can provide an advance alert within a few tens of seconds—a lead time that may minimize property...

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