SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences

Earthquake Disasters in Latin America

A Holistic Approach

Authors: Castaños, Heriberta, Lomnitz, Cinna

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This book is an attempt to demonstrate the analytical power of the holistic approach for understanding disasters.   Six major earthquakes in Latin America are used as an example: the general idea is to place disasters in a broad social and regional context.  Understanding disasters is a way of understanding the social system.  The idea is to show that every major disaster is unique and different.  Statistical methods may be useful for purposes of risk estimation but modern disasters are "systemic" and complex.  In the chapter on the 2010 Chile earthquake we discuss the tsunami and why the system of tsunami alert did not work.  The introductory chapter contains some basics of seismology (plate tectonics) and earthquake engineering.  The 1985 Mexico earthquake describes why geology is important.   Why was Mexico City founded in a lake?  Technology must be adapted to the environment, not "imported" from possibly more advanced but different societies.  The 1970 Peru earthquake is an example of disaster in a unique environment.  Caracas 1967 takes us on a survey of different engineering solutions.  And the 1960 Chile earthquake leads us on a retrospective survey--what has changed in Chile between the two major Chile earthquakes?  A discussion on Charles Darwin’s observations of the 1835 Chile earthquake provides a fitting summary.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Darwin and Plate Tectonics

    Castaños, Heriberta (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • The Great 1960 Chile Megaquake

    Castaños, Heriberta (et al.)

    Pages 15-20

  • The 1967 Caracas Earthquake

    Castaños, Heriberta (et al.)

    Pages 21-24

  • The 1970 Peru Earthquake

    Castaños, Heriberta (et al.)

    Pages 25-30

  • The 1985 Mexico Earthquake

    Castaños, Heriberta (et al.)

    Pages 31-39

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eBook $34.99
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Softcover $49.95
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Earthquake Disasters in Latin America
Book Subtitle
A Holistic Approach
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2810-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2810-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-2809-7
Series ISSN
2191-5369
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 65
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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