The Million Death Quake

Author: Roger Musson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0230119417
Format: PDF, ePub
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A leading seismologist examines why and how earthquakes happen while explaining why he believes they are becoming more lethal, profiling breakthroughs in science and engineering that are improving structure resiliency and furthering predictability technologies. 30,000 first printing.

The 1940 Vrancea Earthquake Issues Insights and Lessons Learnt

Author: Radu Vacareanu
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319298445
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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These proceedings include most of the available information on this major seismic event and its consequences. With an estimated moment magnitude of 7.7 and a heavy toll in terms of human and economic losses, it ranks as the largest intermediate-depth earthquake in Europe in the twentieth century. Nevertheless, because of the difficult conditions in the 1940s, the lessons learnt after the Vrancea earthquake were not extensively shared with the international scientific community and thus, this book fills a gap in the literature discussing the knowledge acquired after major disasters. Past experience together with current understanding of the 1940 Vrancea earthquake are presented along with the latest information on Romanian seismicity, seismic hazard and risk assessment, and seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of buildings and structures. Moreover, it includes excerpts from Romanian post-disaster reports and textbooks concerning the earthquake.

Natural Disasters

Author: D.E. Alexander
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780412047411
Format: PDF, ePub
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Here is a comprehensive overview of the geophysical, technological, and social aspects of natural disasters. This book systematically reviews the agents of natural catastrophes - earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, drought, hurricanes, erosion, fires, etc. - in terms of their geophysical processes and effects. The human impact and response is examined from various perspectives, including damage and the urban environment, the logistics of planning and emergency action, medical emergencies and the epidemiology of disasters, the Third World, and socio-economic consequences. The author's unique interdisciplinary perspective helps the reader to achieve a clear perspective on natural disasters and possible strategies against them.

Natural Disasters

Author:
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
ISBN: 1405323604
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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From tsunami to tornadoes, discover nature's awesome potential with this Eyewitness guide. Discover how Earthquakes, floods and hurricanes affect those in their paths, and what measures we can use to protect ourselves from Mother Nature. Learn about the equipment we can use to predict natural disasters, from tsunami magnitude to the earthquake Richter scale. Photography from around the world, and clear diagrams help you understand the amazing power of nature. This a great reference tool for all the family.

The Cure for Catastrophe

Author: Robert Muir-Wood
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0465096476
Format: PDF, Mobi
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We can't stop natural disasters but we can stop them being disastrous. One of the world's foremost risk experts tells us how. Year after year, floods wreck people's homes and livelihoods, earthquakes tear communities apart, and tornadoes uproot whole towns. Natural disasters cause destruction and despair. But does it have to be this way? In The Cure for Catastrophe, global risk expert Robert Muir-Wood argues that our natural disasters are in fact human ones: We build in the wrong places and in the wrong way, putting brick buildings in earthquake country, timber ones in fire zones, and coastal cities in the paths of hurricanes. We then blindly trust our flood walls and disaster preparations, and when they fail, catastrophes become even more deadly. No society is immune to the twin dangers of complacency and heedless development. Recognizing how disasters are manufactured gives us the power to act. From the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 to Hurricane Katrina, The Cure for Catastrophe recounts the ingenious ways in which people have fought back against disaster. Muir-Wood shows the power and promise of new predictive technologies, and envisions a future where information and action come together to end the pain and destruction wrought by natural catastrophes. The decisions we make now can save millions of lives in the future. Buzzing with political plots, newfound technologies, and stories of surprising resilience, The Cure for Catastrophe will revolutionize the way we conceive of catastrophes: though natural disasters are inevitable, the death and destruction are optional. As we brace ourselves for deadlier cataclysms, the cure for catastrophe is in our hands.

Divine Wind

Author: Kerry Emanuel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199727346
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Imagine standing at the center of a Roman coliseum that is 20 miles across, with walls that soar 10 miles into the sky, towering walls with cascades of ice crystals falling along its brilliantly white surface. That's what it's like to stand in the eye of a hurricane. In Divine Wind, Kerry Emanuel, one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes, gives us an engaging account of these awe-inspiring meteorological events, revealing how hurricanes and typhoons have literally altered human history, thwarting military incursions and changing the course of explorations. Offering an account of the physics of the tropical atmosphere, the author explains how such benign climates give rise to the most powerful storms in the world and tells what modern science has learned about them. Interwoven with this scientific account are descriptions of some of the most important hurricanes in history and relevant works of art and literature. For instance, he describes the 17th-century hurricane that likely inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest and that led to the British colonization of Bermuda. We also read about the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, by far the worst natural calamity in U.S. history, with a death toll between 8,000 and 12,000 that exceeded the San Francisco earthquake, the Johnstown Flood, and the Okeechobee Hurricane co Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, frommbined. Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, from ultra-modern Doppler imagery to classic paintings by Winslow Homer, Divine Wind captures the profound effects that hurricanes have had on humanity. Its fascinating blend of history, science, and art will appeal to weather junkies, science buffs, and everyone who read Isaac's Storm.

Historien

Author: Herodot
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 305009091X
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Herodot (geb. um 484 v. Chr., gest. um 425) wird mit Recht der Vater der Geschichtsschreibung genannt. Er verfasste eine Urgeschichte der alten Kulturen: des Vorderen Orients, Ägyptens und Griechenlands. Die welthistorische Auseinandersetzung zwischen Persern und Griechen, die Beschreibung der Schlachten von Marathon, den Thermopylen, Salamis und Platää sind von außerordentlicher Lebendigkeit. Der Weitgereiste ist zugleich aber auch der meisterhafte Erzähler von Geschichten, die in die Weltliteratur eingegangen sind, wie z. B. das Schicksal des Krösus, Gyges und sein Ring oder der Ring des Polykrates. Herodot gehört zu den Klassikern der griechischen Literatur, zu ihren ernstesten - und schwierigsten - Autoren, trotz oder gerade wegen seiner scheinbaren Leichtigkeit. Herodots Werk birgt in sich verhaltene Größe, Leiden und Leidenschaft, Welterfahrung und tiefe Klugheit.

Gomorrha

Author: Roberto Saviano
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783423345293
Format: PDF, ePub
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Die süditalienische Camorra mischt mit im internationalen Drogenhandel, verschiebt riesige Mengen Giftmülls in Italien, macht gewaltige Geschäfte mit der Herstellung billiger wie hochwertiger Textilien, hat praktisch das Monopol auf den Handel mit Zement - und Geschäftsbeziehungen, die bis nach Deutschland, Schottland oder China reichen. Der junge Journalist Roberto Saviano hat unter Einsatz des eigenen Lebens vor Ort in Neapel recherchiert, Beweise geliefert und ein brillantes Buch geschrieben, das dem Leser den Atem nimmt. In Italien schlug es ein wie eine Bombe, der Autor war damit schlagartig berühmt - aber auch gefährdet. Saviano lebt inzwischen im Untergrund.