Earthquake Casualties Research and Public Education

  • M. Petal
Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 29)


The mitigation of deaths and injuries is of primary concern to all disaster prevention efforts. It is to the specific causes of deaths and injuries that we must look for fundamental guidance in disaster risk reduction and public education. Disaster epidemiology provides the important evidence basis for identifying and prioritising effective structural and non-structural mitigation and environmental protection measures to be taken at all levels of society, as well as for planning for disaster response and for behavioural guidance during and after onset. Epidemiological data found in the literature is compared for individual, built environment, hazard, mitigation, and response level variables. This evidence lends important credibility to several key recommendations to the public in the areas of structural and non-structural safety, response skills and provisions. Finally, community-based training for disaster response is strongly indicated by the evidence that ‘the people around us’ are the true first responders.


Disaster Risk Reduction Building Damage Construction Type Building Collapse Northridge Earthquake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research InstituteBoğaziçi UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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