Chapter 3. Preparedness for 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.ch3

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

How to Cite

Coburn, A. and Spence, R. (2002) Preparedness for Earthquakes, in Earthquake Protection, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470855185.ch3

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 prediction;
  • large-magnitude earthquakes;
  • effective seismic monitoring network;
  • satellite surveying techniques;
  • global positioning systems (gps);
  • precursory phenomena;
  • communication systems;
  • earthquake hazard curriculum;
  • good protection promotion campaign


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Earthquake Prediction

  • Long-term Prediction (Years)

  • Short-term Prediction (Days/Hours)

  • Instantaneous Warning (Seconds)

  • Practicalities of Prediction and Evacuation

  • Getting the General Public Prepared

  • Further Reading