Living Under the Threat of Earthquakes

Short and Long-term Management of Earthquake Risks and Damage Prevention in Nepal

  • Jörn H. Kruhl
  • Rameshwar Adhikari
  • Uwe E. Dorka

Part of the Springer Natural Hazards book series (SPRINGERNAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Earthquakes and Related Hazards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Seth Stein, Edward M. Brooks, Bruce D. Spencer, Mian Liu
      Pages 27-44
    3. Alejandra Arciniega-Ceballos, Marcela Baena-Rivera, Francisco J. Sánchez-Sesma
      Pages 65-75
  3. Damage, Prevention, Restoration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Ramesh Guragain, Surya Narayan Shrestha, Dev Kumar Maharjan, Suman Pradhan
      Pages 79-93
    3. Luigi Petti, Claudia Trillo, Martina Di Mauro
      Pages 101-116
  4. Disaster Management and Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Tanka Nath Dhamala, Iswar Mani Adhikari, Hari Nandan Nath, Urmila Pyakurel
      Pages 175-194
  5. Living with Earthquake Risk

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Alice Fothergill, Emma Squier
      Pages 253-271
    3. Ram Chandra Paudel
      Pages 273-284
    4. Volker Schneider, Antje Witting
      Pages 303-326

About these proceedings


This book addresses earthquakes, with a special focus on the Ghorka earthquake, which struck parts of central Nepal in April 2015. Drawing on this disastrous event, it closely examines various aspects of earthquakes in contributions prepared by international experts. The topics covered include: the geological and geophysical background of seismicity; a detailed inventory of the damage done by the earthquake; effective damage prevention through earthquake-safe buildings and settlements; restoration options for world-heritage buildings; strategies for providing technical and medical relief and, lastly, questions associated with public life and economy in a high-risk seismic zone.

Combining perspectives from various fields, the book presents the state of the art in all earthquake-related fields and outlines future approaches to risk identification, damage prevention, and disaster management in all parts of society, administration, and politics in Nepal. Beyond the specific disaster in Nepal, the findings presented here will have broader implications for how societies can best deal with disasters.


Causes and consequences of earthquakes Earthquake risk and damage prevention in Nepal Disaster management and economics The role of science and public perception in high-risk regions Multidisciplinary approach for risk reduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Jörn H. Kruhl
    • 1
  • Rameshwar Adhikari
    • 2
  • Uwe E. Dorka
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental EngineeringTechnische Universität MünchenMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Research Center for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST)Tribhuvan UniversityKathmanduNepal
  3. 3.Department for Civil- and Environmental EngineeringUniversität KasselKasselGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68043-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68044-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0656
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0664
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