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Author Smits, Gregory, 1960-

Title When the Earth roars : lessons from the history of earthquakes in Japan / Gregory Smits.

Publication Info. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    551.22 SMI    Available
Description xv, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Asia/pacific/perspectives
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Setting the stage -- Early modern earthquakes and their modern relevance -- Nbi and Great Kant? -- Prewar tsunamigenic earthquakes in the northeast -- Prediction to forecasting, attempting to outsmart the earth in postwar Japan -- Conclusions.
Summary "Among the most earthquake-prone regions in the world, Japan has a long history of responding to seismic disasters. However, despite advances in earthquake-related safety technologies and the deep imprint that seismic activity has made on Japanese society, the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami were tremendously destructive. Tracing the history of earthquakes in Japan, Gregory Smits identifies a cycle of overconfidence and unreasonable expectations with roots as far back as the 1830 Kyoto Earthquake. The author argues that the events of March 11, 2011, and its aftermath are but the latest example of this all-too-human cycle of overconfidence, exacerbated by fading attention to the risks of known natural hazards as time passes. The first sustained historical analysis of destructive earthquakes and tsunamis, this book is an essential resource for anyone interested in Japan, natural disasters, seismology, and environmental history"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Earthquakes -- Japan -- History.
ISBN 9781442220096 (cloth : alk. paper)
1442220090 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781442220102 (electronic)
1442220104 (electronic)

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