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Characterization of Modern and Historical Seismic–Tsunamic Events, and Their Global–Societal Impacts

Product Code: SP501
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by Y. Dilek, Y. Ogawa and Y. Okubo
Publication Date: 22 June 2021
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Earthquakes and tsunamis are devastating geohazards with significant societal impacts. Most recent occurrences have shown that their impact on the stability of nations–societies and the world geopolitics is immense, potentially triggering a tipping point for a major downturn in the global economy. This Special Publication presents the most current information on the causes and effects of some of the modern and historical earthquake–tsunami events, and effective practices of risk assessment–disaster management, implemented by various governments, international organizations and intergovernmental agencies. Findings reported here show that the magnitude of human casualties and property loss resulting from earthquakes–tsunamis are highly variable around the globe, and that increased community, national and global resilience is significant to empower societal preparedness for such geohazards. It is clear that all stakeholders, including scientists, policymakers, governments, media and world organizations must work together to disseminate accurate, objective and timely information on geohazards, and to develop effective legislation for risk reduction and realistic hazard mitigation–management measures in our globally connected world of today.

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Published on the Lyell Collection 30/05/2021.

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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786204783
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 434
Weight: 1.1 kg


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