Paperback: 191 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books; 3 Upd Exp edition (March 11, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #676,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #27 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Civil & Environmental > Seismic Design #81 in Books > Science & Math > Earth Sciences > Seismology #143 in Books > Science & Math > Earth Sciences > Earthquakes & Volcanoes
This is an excellent book for home and business owners everywhere trying to understand the earthquake risks to their homes and businesses. It provides very clear explanations of the forces behind earthquakes, safety risks, property risks, and business risks and it explains what you can do to reduce your risks by fixing your home or buying insurance, if you even need to. The best part is that you don't need to be a scientist or an engineer to understand it. I found the official website at [...] and there was a lot of additional information there. Earthquakes are too often addressed after they happen, this book allows you to be prepared before the next one.
I was in the process of finishing my own book on the greatest earthquake in history - Valdivia, Chile - May 1960. I wanted to wrap up the discussion with some comments about the importance of earthquake engineering, structures and "anti-seismic" construction. This book is just what I needed. Thorough, without becoming overly tedious, it gives a fairly complete overview of the various facets of earthquakes and how man-made structures react to seismic waves.The book focuses on Southern California, but includes bits of information and history of other areas of the world. Black and white photos are not dressy, but serve quite well in illustrating the author's concepts.
I've relied on the second edition for teaching about earthquake-safe and -unsafe construction for years. This new third edition brings the book up to date, and makes it available to order again.If one lives in California, and only wants to read 10 pages, SCEC's online "Putting Down Roots" serves. If one wants 200 clearly written and well illustrated pages, Peace of Mind is the book. Although the printing is black and white, the presentation is engaging and very accessible.The book has a sensible organization - discussing first about earthquakes, then problems with buildings, ways to build correctly for earthquakes, and finally insurance and how to prepare. There is an extensive index, appendices to show national and global hazards, and useful regional web links.For those more curious about earthquakes than engineering, I'd recommendEarthshaking Science: What We Know (and Don't Know) about EarthquakesEarthquakes, orLiving With Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest.I highly recommend this book, and especially the latest edition, and plan to use it this winter in my course.
This is the third revisiting of this book. The first was back in the 1970's when it talked about the San Fernando quake. Its a very good source for the layman for help in understanding earthquakes, challenges in siting a building, pros and cons of various construction and ways to mitigate the various risk. Are there more technical book out there? Sure, but they are mostly aimed at the student or the professional. Yanev also lays out the risk/benifit ratio when it comes to earthquake insurance. if you live within 50 miles of a major fault, (and who doesn't) I feel this is a must have book.
If you live on the Left Coast of the US, you should buy this book. Yanev details not only the risks of earthquakes, but what you - as a homeowner or renter - can do to increase your chance of survival. Practical, accessible and interesting.
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