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Earthquake Risk Reduction

David J. Dowrick

ISBN: 978-0-470-86934-5 September 2003 520 Pages


Encompassing theory and field experience, this book covers all the main subject areas in earthquake risk reduction, ranging from geology, seismology, structural and soil dynamics to hazard and risk assessment, risk management and planning, engineering and the architectural design of new structures and equipment.

Earthquake Risk Reduction

  • outlines individual national weaknesses that contribute to earthquake risk to people and property;
  • calculates the seismic response of soils and structures, using the structural continuum 'Subsoil - Substructure - Superstructure - Non-structure';
  • evaluates the effectiveness of given designs and construction procedures for reducing casualties and financial losses;
  • provides guidance on the key issue of choice of structural form;
  • presents earthquake resistant designs methods for the four main structural materials - steel, concrete, reinforced masonry and timber - as well as for services equipment, plant and non-structural architectural components;
  • contains a chapter devoted to problems involved in improving (retrofitting) the existing built environment.

Compiled from the author's extensive professional experience in earthquake engineering, this key text provides an excellent treatment of the complex multidisciplinary process of earthquake risk reduction. This book will prove an invaluable reference and guiding tool to practicing civil and structural engineers and architects, researchers and postgraduate students in seismology, local governments and risk management officials.


1. Earthquake Risk Reduction.

2. The Nature of Earthquakes.

3. Determination of Site Characteristics.

4. Seismic Hazard Assessment.

5. Seismic Response of Soils and Structures.

6. Earthquake Vulnerability of the Built Environment.

7. Earthquake Risk Modelling and Management.

8. The Design and Construction Process—Choice of Form and Materials.

9. Seismic Design of Foundations and Soil-relating Structures.

10. Design and Detailing of New Structures for Earthquake Ground Shaking

11. Earthquake Resistance of Services, Equipment and Plant.

12. Architectural Detailing for Earthquake Resistance.

13. Retrofitting.

Appendix A: Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (NZ 1996).

Appenidx B: Structural Steel Standards for Earthquake Resistant Structures.