Understanding Earthquake Disasters

by: Amita Sinvhal (nee Amita Agarwal)


Abstract: Earthquake is one of the most devastating natural phenomena. Understanding the cause and mechanism of this phenomenon is the key to reducing its toll on human life and property. This book aims to demystify earthquakes by explaining the basics—seismicity, causes of earthquakes, plate tectonics, seismic waves, magnitude of earthquakes, faults in earth, seismotectonics, seismic zoning, how earthquakes are monitored and how data are used as a tool to understand the earth's interior. It also explores several damaging effects of earthquakes such as ground failure, landslides, tsunamis and effect on human habitat. It also addresses different earthquake safety measures in construction and do's and don'ts during and after an earthquake. Written from the author's experience of fieldwork in various earthquake sites and enriched with photographs, the book will be useful for readers from diverse backgrounds such as planners, policy makers, administrators, builders, and teachers, researchers, and students of civil engineering, earthquake engineering, seismology, architecture, planning, management, geology, and geophysics.
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Title: Understanding Earthquake Disasters

Publisher: McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited

Copyright / Pub. Date: 2010 McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited

ISBN: 9780070144569

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Amita Sinvhal (nee Amita Agarwal) is Professor at the Department of Earthquake Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Her fields of specialization are Engineering Seismology, Seismotectonics, Engineering Geophysics, and Seismic Exploration. Born and brought up in Lucknow, she studied at La Martiniere Girls' School, Loreto Convent and Lucknow University. She obtained her M.Tech and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Roorkee now Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee). Prior to joining IIT Roorkee as a faculty member in 1982, she worked at the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics of Cambridge University, U.K., and at Medical Research Council (MRC) Cambridge, U.K. She has published more than 100 research papers in refereed international and national journals, as chapters in books, and in conference proceedings. She has coauthored a book "Pattern Recognition in Oil Exploration" published by Kluwer Academic Press, The Netherlands. The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation sponsored Earthquake Problems Dos and Don'ts co-authored by her, published both in English and in Hindi. Dr Sinvhal's research publications have fetched her four prestigious awards. These include the Khosla Research gold and silver medals in 1984 and 1985, and ISET award in 1998 and in 2000. She has worked on more than 80 earthquake-related consultancy projects dealing with site-related problems for dams, bridges, nuclear power plants, refineries, historical monuments, etc., and conservation and management of lakes and rivers, and on gender issues. She is a member of several international and national professional bodies, which include Indian Society of Earthquake Technology, Indian Geotechnical Society, Indian Women Scientists Association, Indian Society for Continuing Engineering Education, Indian Society for Wind Engineering, and the Third World Organization of Women in Science. Dr. Sinvhal is regularly invited by several organizations to deliver talks on earthquakes- and oil- exploration-related topics. She organizes short-term courses on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation and Engineering Aspects of Seismology. Dr. Sinvhal has widely traveled and visited several countries of the continents of Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia.

Description: Earthquake is one of the most devastating natural phenomena. Understanding the cause and mechanism of this phenomenon is the key to reducing its toll on human life and property. This book aims to demystify earthquakes by explaining the basics—seismicity, causes of earthquakes, plate tectonics, seismic waves, magnitude of earthquakes, faults in earth, seismotectonics, seismic zoning, how earthquakes are monitored and how data are used as a tool to understand the earth's interior. It also explores several damaging effects of earthquakes such as ground failure, landslides, tsunamis and effect on human habitat. It also addresses different earthquake safety measures in construction and do's and don'ts during and after an earthquake. Written from the author's experience of fieldwork in various earthquake sites and enriched with photographs, the book will be useful for readers from diverse backgrounds such as planners, policy makers, administrators, builders, and teachers, researchers, and students of civil engineering, earthquake engineering, seismology, architecture, planning, management, geology, and geophysics.