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Global Disaster Management: Earthquakes

This research guide is a starting point for research into the management of global disasters. It supports Pitt classes and workshops like - Building Community Resilience to Global Hazards, as well as the Hazard SEES Team members and their research.


Earthquake Epicenters 1963-1998 (358,214 events)  This file is in the public domain because it was solely created by NASA. Click on image to enlarge it.

What is an earthquake and what causes them to happen?

An earthquake is caused by a sudden slip on a fault. The tectonic plates are always slowly moving, but they get stuck at their edges due to friction. When the stress on the edge overcomes the friction, there is an earthquake that releases energy in waves that travel through the earth's crust and cause the shaking that we feel.  [From the NSGS website]

Federal Agencies

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides information on natural hazards and resources and the impacts of climate and land-use change including an Earthquake Hazards Program

Programs of U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) working in earthquake disaster mitigation:

Case Study: Northeast Japan 2011


Selected Books

International Organizations