Chapter 6. Earthquake Vulnerability of the Built Environment

  1. David J. Dowrick

Published Online: 30 AUG 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470869356.ch6

Earthquake Risk Reduction

Earthquake Risk Reduction

How to Cite

Dowrick, D. J. (2003) Earthquake Vulnerability of the Built Environment, in Earthquake Risk Reduction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470869356.ch6

Author Information

  1. Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 AUG 2005
  2. Published Print: 4 JUL 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496885

Online ISBN: 9780470869352



  • earthquake vulnerability;
  • damage ratios;
  • microzoning effects;
  • Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA);
  • house foundation type;
  • damage states;
  • contents of buildings;
  • Modified Mercalli Intensity;
  • ground shaking (and ground failure)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Qualitative measures of vulnerability

  • Quantitative measures of vulnerability