After a destructive earthquake, civil protection agencies need to know within a matter of minutes where people who are buried alive by rubble can be found. Moreover, they must also be informed as soon as possible—in a matter of hours—about the scope of the disaster, in order to organize rescue teams, provide emergency aid, set up field hospitals and tents for the homeless or displaced, etc. In addition, a financial estimate of damage must be made available to the government. Finally, fast and easily presentable information must be provided to the world at large; ShakeMap (Wald et al. 1999...

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