Saturday, March 7, 2009

Review of "The Yogyakarta Earthquake of May 27, 2006” Book

• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Star Pub Co; 1st edition (January 31, 2008)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0898633044
• ISBN-13: 978-0898633047

The book is comprised of twenty-five international scientific papers about the Yogyakarta earthquake. It includes information on the geologic and seismological structure of the Yogyakarta Special Province and the Central Java Province and the effects of the 2006 earthquake on the local communities.

The Mw 6.3 earthquake of May 27, 2006, which occurred near the City of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, was the largest in the region over the last 60 years. Although this was a moderate earthquake, it resulted in severe consequences: 5,700 fatalities, 37,000 injuries, the destruction or heavy damage to over 300,000 buildings and economic losses of approximately 28 trillion rupiahs (approximately 3.1 billion US dollars). The purpose of this volume is to memorialize conditions in Yogyakarta, especially the Bantul area, at the time of the earthquake, the effects and consequences of the earthquake, as well as to present some of the lessons learned in order to enhance hazard preparedness, mitigation and response. Work on the volume began three months after the earthquake and was completed within one year.

The volume consists of three parts which focus on issues related to the geology and seismology of Yogyakarta in Central Java; the impact of the earthquake on buildings, schools, and temples and suggestions for earthquake-resistant construction. Social issues, health care, and policies for the enhancement of disaster management are also treated.

The contributing authors are world experts in geology, seismology, hazard mitigation, emergency response and related topics. Construction policies and standards, social policies, governmental emergency procedures and management issues, dealing with local customs are among the issues and topics discussed and explained by experts from Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Germany, England and the USA.

You can obtain the book here.


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