This book addresses earthquakes, with a special focus on the Ghorka earthquake, which struck parts of central Nepal in April 2015. Drawing on this disastrous event, it closely examines various aspects of earthquakes in contributions prepared by international experts. The topics covered include: the geological as well as geophysical background of seismicity; a detailed inventory of the damage done by the earthquake; effective damage prevention through earthquake-safe buildings as well as settlements; restoration options for world-heritage buildings; strategies for providing technical as well as medical relief and, lastly, questions associated with public life as well as economy in a high-risk seismic zone.
Combining perspectives from various fields, the book presents the state of the art in all earthquake-related fields as well as outlines future approaches to risk identification, damage prevention, as well as disaster management in all parts of society, administration, as well as politics in Nepal. Beyond the specific disaster in Nepal, the findings presented here will have broader implications for how societies can best deal with disasters