Chapter 2. The Costs of Earthquakes

  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.ch2

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

How to Cite

Coburn, A. and Spence, R. (2002) The Costs of Earthquakes, in Earthquake Protection, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470855185.ch2

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 destruction;
  • earthquake loss estimates;
  • insurance claims;
  • lost production;
  • tangible and intangible losses;
  • historical repair costs;
  • consumer and investor confidence;
  • earthquake catastrophe and destructive shock waves;
  • homeowner insurance


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Costs of Earthquakes in the Last Century

  • Who Pays?

  • The Private Building Owner

  • The Insurance Industry

  • The Public Sector

  • Interrelated Risk

  • Further Reading