An estimate of losses from future earthquakes is crucial to preparing for a disaster and facilitating good decision-making at the local, regional, and national levels of any government. Estimates generated from loss models provide vital tools for land-use planning and prioritization of retrofit and mitigation programs as well as regional and national emergency response and contingency planning. Estimation of casualty levels is essential for medical groups and agencies providing emergency services to aid their preparedness and response capabilities. Mitigation and proactive measures are fundamental to reducing not only human losses but also monetary losses. Therefore the more we know about...

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