Academic journal article Geography

Earthquake: Nature and Culture

Academic journal article Geography

Earthquake: Nature and Culture

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Earthquake: Nature and culture Andrew Robinson London: Reaktion Books, 2012 208pp, 15x21cm, Pb: £14.95 ISBN 978-1-78023-027-6

This easily read text falls into nine chapters spanning 'Earth-shattering Events' through 'Seismology Begins' and 'Measuring Earthquakes' to 'Prediction of the Unpredictable' and, sensibly, finishing with 'Designing against Death'. This is not an erudite shelf-bending textbook but it is full of good learning and given to anecdotes. At first this worried me a little because, being close to the topic, some anecdotes I knew another way! However, this does not matter; Andrew Robinson tells an excellent and compelling story.

The plain figures are clearly produced (elastic rebound model) and the black and white photographs are clear (row of trees offset by the Tangshan earthquake). Some colour plates are beautiful even in this small format (death of Giuseppe Mercalli) and some are cerebral (Mallet's 1862 map of Mediterranean seismic bands).

Historical aspects are dealt with well and chapter case studies dealing with Lisbon 1755 and Tokyo 1923 earthquakes and the San Andreas Fault are appropriate and helpful. …

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