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Learning from Earthquake Disasters

Beaven, S., Wilson, T., Johnston, L., Johnston, D. and Smith, R. (2014) Learning from Earthquake Disasters. In: Beer, M., Kougioumtzoglou, I.A., Patelli, E. and Au, I. S-K, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering. Springer, pp. 1-18.

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The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) defines disaster as the “serious disruption of the functioning of a community or society involving widespread human, material economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources” (UNISDR 2014). The idea of learning, from earthquake disasters, to reduce the risks associated with future earthquakes is widely held around the world and across a range of sectors. The United Nations defines disaster risk reduction as the “concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and manage the causal factors of disasters, including through reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land...

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: © Crown 2014
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