This paper reviews the principal lessons learned from multidisciplinary postearthquake investigations of damaging earthquakes throughout the world during the past 15 years. The unique laboratory provided by a damaging earthquake in culturally different but tectonically similar regions of the world has increased fundamental understanding of earthquake processes, added perishable scientific, technical, and socioeconomic data to the knowledge base, and led to changes in public policies and professional practices for earthquake loss reduction.
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Damaging earthquakes: A scientific laboratory
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Proceedings of the Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction
Proceedings of the 1996 Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction