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Earthquakes in the Mediterranean and Middle East
A Multidisciplinary Study of Seismicity up to 1900

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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521872928

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  • This book examines historical evidence from the last 2000 years to analyze earthquakes in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Early chapters review techniques of historical seismology, while the main body of the book comprises a catalog of more than 4000 earthquakes identified from historical sources. Each event is supported by textual evidence extracted from primary sources and translated into English. Covering southern Romania, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq, the book documents past seismic events, places them in a broad tectonic framework, and provides essential information for those attempting to prepare for, and mitigate the effects of, future earthquakes and tsunamis in these countries. This volume is an indispensable reference for researchers studying the seismic history of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, including archaeologists, historians, earth scientists, engineers and earthquake hazard analysts. A parametric catalog of these seismic events can be downloaded from

    • Written by one of the word's leading authorities on historical seismology with more than 40 years of experience in the region
    • Presents a catalogue of more than 4000 earthquakes, including magnitude and location information
    • Is accompanied by an online parametric catalogue to download
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    It is a great relief to see this monumental work finally printed. Professor Ambraseys has towered over research into historical earthquakes for 50 years. He didn’t invent the subject, but he certainly demonstrated how it should be done to standards that make it effective, with a level of scholarship that very few people can match. ... The accounts summarize key primary documentary sources (in English), correcting errors in previous compilations and discussing different modern interpretations of some of the more important large events. This is an invaluable core of knowledge and scholarship, and it is a great achievement to render it accessible in a single volume. ... Cambridge should be congratulated for publishing this book...." - James Jackson, Geological Magazine

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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521872928
    • length: 968 pages
    • dimensions: 283 x 223 x 49 mm
    • weight: 2.81kg
    • contains: 83 b/w illus. 23 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Macroseismic information
    2. Evaluation of macroseismic data
    3. Catalogue of earthquakes
    4. Evaluation of instrumental data
    5. Long-term seismicity
    6. Future challenges
    Appendix: Photographs of researchers in the field

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    Nicholas Ambraseys, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London
    Nicholas Ambraseys was trained at the Imperial College of Science, London, as a Civil Engineer, specialising in soil dynamics and engineering geology. He later became Professor of Engineering Seismology, and Head of the Engineering Seismology Section at Imperial College. Since 1994, he has been a Senior Research Investigator and Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering. Professor Ambraseys is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, The European Academy, and The Academy of Athens, and has been awarded medals from The Royal Geographical Society (1975), The Geological Society of London (2002) and the Seismological Society of America (2006). He is currently Vice-President of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering, Director of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering, Chairman of the International Commission for the Protection of Historical Monuments and co-editor of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering. Professor Ambraseys is the author of two other books for Cambridge University Press: A History of Persian Earthquakes (1982) and The Seismicity of Egypt, Arabia and the Red Sea (1994).

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