Chapter 1. Earthquakes, Disasters and Protection

  1. Dr Andrew Coburn MA, DipArch, PhD1,2 and
  2. Dr Robin Spence MA, MSc, PhD Reader in Architectural Engineering and Fellow of Magdalene College Director3,4

Published Online: 17 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470855185.ch1

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

How to Cite

Coburn, A. and Spence, R. (2002) Earthquakes, Disasters and Protection, in Earthquake Protection, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470855185.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Risk Management Solutions Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Associate of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

  3. 3

    University of Cambridge, UK

  4. 4

    Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2006
  2. Published Print: 6 SEP 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496144

Online ISBN: 9780470855188



  • earthquake risk mitigation;
  • improving earthquake protection;
  • lethal earthquakes;
  • severity of life loss;
  • earthquake-induced causes;
  • urban earthquake risk;
  • global seismic hazard map;
  • tectonic earthquakes;
  • spreading zones and subduction zones;
  • Architectural Darwinism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Earthquake Protection: Past Failure and Present Opportunity

  • Earthquake Disasters

  • Earthquakes

  • Earthquake Protection

  • Organisation of the Book

  • Further Reading