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California earthquakes : science, risk, and the politics of hazard mitigation

Author: Carl-Henry Geschwind
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1906, after an earthquake wiped out much of San Francisco, leading California officials and scientists described the disaster as a one-time occurrence and assured the public that it had nothing to worry about. California Earthquakes explains how, over time, this attitude changed, and Californians came to accept earthquakes as a significant threat, as well as to understand how science and technology could reduce  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carl-Henry Geschwind
ISBN: 0801865964 9780801865961 9780801889769 0801889766
OCLC Number: 44720748
Awards: Winner of Forum for the History of Science in America Book Prize 2004 (United States)
Description: x, 337 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: Reactions to the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 --
Setting up a scientific infrastructure : seismology California style, 1910-1925 --
Bailey Willis and the promotion of earthquake safety in the mid-1920s --
Engineering a regulatory state apparatus : seismic safety in the 1930s --
Earthquake experts and the Cold War state --
New initiatives for earthquake preparedness, 1964-1971 --
Seismic politics: responses to the San Fernando earthquake --
Pushing prediction: the establishment of the national earthquake hazards reduction --
Program --
The regulatory state apparatus in action.
Responsibility: Carl-Henry Geschwind.
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