The Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008

Anatomy of a Disaster

  • Chen Yong
  • David C. Booth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Chen Yong, David C. Booth
    Pages 1-69
  3. Chen Yong, David C. Booth
    Pages 70-121
  4. Chen Yong, David C. Booth
    Pages 122-159
  5. Chen Yong, David C. Booth
    Pages 160-185
  6. Chen Yong, David C. Booth
    Pages 186-221
  7. Chen Yong, David C. Booth
    Pages 222-247
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 248-276

About this book


"The Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008: An anatomy of disaster" gives a detailed account of the damage, seismology and tectonics of the event and discusses earthquake prediction, seismic hazard and risk management, the creation and implementation of building codes, and new practices used in rescue, relief and reconstruction. It will be of significant interest to researchers and practitioners engaged in seismology, geophysics, engineering, the social sciences, and disaster management and recovery. It also offers a valuable new and uniquely Chinese perspective with many insights for future mitigation of earthquake risk. Professor Yong Chen works for the China Earthquake Administration; Dr David C. Booth works for the British Geological Survey.


Building code Earthquake damage Earthquake prediction Emergency response Reconstruction

Authors and affiliations

  • Chen Yong
    • 1
  • David C. Booth
    • 2
  1. 1.China Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina
  2. 2.British Geological SurveyEdinburghUK

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