‘After the Earth Quakes’ a practical Oxford guide
Publish Date : Monday 16 September 2019 - 17:03
IBNA- The Oxford book ‘After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet’ by Susan Elizabeth Hough and Roger G. Bilham which contains practical knowledge has been translated into Persian and released.
According to IBNA correspondent, originally published by Oxford University Press, the book has been translated into Persian by Iranian researchers Mahdi Zare’ and Farnaz Kamranzad. Maziar Publishing in Tehran has released the work in 384 pages.
‘After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet’
reads: ‘Earthquakes rank among the most terrifying natural disasters faced by mankind. Out of a clear blue sky-or worse, a jet black one-comes shaking strong enough to hurl furniture across the room, human bodies out of bed, and entire houses off of their foundations.
When the dust settles, the immediate aftermath of an earthquake in an urbanized society can be profound. Phone and water supplies can be disrupted for days, fires erupt, and even a small number of overpass collapses can snarl traffic for months. However, when one examines the collective responses of developed societies to major earthquake disasters in recent historic times, a somewhat surprising theme emerges: not only determination, but resilience; not only resilience, but acceptance; not only acceptance, but astonishingly, humor.
Elastic rebound is one of the most basic tenets of modern earthquake science, the term that scientists use to describe the build-up and release of energy along faults. It is also the best metaphor for societal responses to major earthquakes in recent historic times.
Using a number of pivotal and intriguing historic earthquakes as illustration, this book concludes with a consideration of projected future losses on an increasingly urbanized planet, including the near-certainty that a future earthquake will someday claim over a million lives. This grim prediction impels us to take steps to mitigate earthquake risk, the innately human capacity for rebound notwithstanding.”