The earthquake disaster mitigation act



The scientific study of earthquakes evolved from mankind's need and desire to understand, and perhaps thereby be able to mitigate, a major cause of natural disasters. Of course, a great deal of basic knowledge of the internal structure, composition, and dynamic processes that characterize the planet earth has been gained also during these investigations, and the results of the studies of earthquakes and the waves that they send through the earth are the basis of a major part of our current understanding of the earth.

Today we can readily identify a number of problem areas in which seismological research has an opportunity to contribute further to the well-being of the nation. High among these areas of opportunity is the entire field of earthquake hazards mitigation, and it is to this subject that these remarks are primarily addressed.