Chapter 4. The Earthquake Emergency

  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.ch4

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

How to Cite

Coburn, A. and Spence, R. (2002) The Earthquake Emergency, in Earthquake Protection, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470855185.ch4

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



  • emergency management;
  • effective disaster management;
  • pre-earthquake emergency planning;
  • generic emergency response plans;
  • satellite cellular phone networks;
  • earthquake response spectra;
  • volume-to-void ratios;
  • search and rescue (SAR) teams;
  • mass-collapse disasters


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Emergency Management

  • Search and Rescue

  • Search and Rescue Techniques

  • Medical Aspects of Earthquake Disaster

  • Follow-on Disasters

  • Shelter, Food and Essential Services

  • Re-establishing Public Confidence

  • Further Reading