Living With Earthquakes in California
A Survivor's GuideBook - 2001
Over the past century California has moved from denying the hazards posed by earthquakes -- they were bad for business -- to adopting building codes and protective legislation that are today the most advanced in the world. In Living with Earthquakes, Robert Yeats, a leading expert on earthquake geology, describes California's revolutionary efforts to grapple with the earthquake threat. His book is a general reader's guide to California earthquakes, combining current research with practical safety information.Beginning with a brief introduction to the geological setting of earthquakes, Yeats leads readers through a lively and lucid narrative that-- describes the major faults that threaten Northern and Southern California and Nevada, -- explores topics ranging from earthquake forecasting and catastrophe insurance (the California Earthquake Authority is the largest residential insurer in the world) to the risks of tsunamis and soil liquefaction, -- reviews the current level of earthquake preparedness and disaster response, including the role of government, scientists, and the public in creating awareness and policy, -- suggests actions that citizens can take to protect their families and homes.Living with Earthquakes provides a detailed account of California's violent geologic past and a concise history of the state's innovative approaches to earthquake awareness and preparation. It also serves as a how-to manual for life in earthquake country. Most importantly, however, it's a call to action. Earthquakes cannot be prevented, but the California experience provides a model for how society can learn to live with earthquakes -- and survive them.
Publisher: Corvallis, Or. : Oregon State University Press, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 406 p. : ill. ; 23 cm