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TitleSeismologists Can Help Attenuate Some Post - Earthquake Vibrations Among the Public
AuthorLamontagne, M; Du Berger, R; Stevens, A E
SourceEarthquake Spectra vol. 8, no. 4, 1992 p. 573-594,
Alt SeriesGeological Survey of Canada, Contribution Series 20291
PublisherEarthquake Engineering Research Institute
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceOntario; Quebec
NTS31J; 21L; 21M; 21N; 22D; 32A; 31P; 31I
AreaSaguenay River; Mont Laurier
Lat/Long WENS-76.0000 -70.0000 49.0000 46.0000
Subjectsenvironmental geology; miscellaneous; aftershocks; earthquake studies; environmental impacts; earthquakes; environmental studies; seismicity
Illustrationssketch maps
AbstractVery often after a strongly felt earthquake, the media and the general public consider seismologists to be the source of all information, particularly in regions where earthquakes occur infrequently. Widely felt earthquakes can have a strong social impact (-the post-earthquake vibrations among the public-) whenever the population is unprepared. Since 1935, eastern Canadian seismologists have been involved in four cases of post-earthquake communications with social impact. Recently, seismologists of the Geological Survey of Canada developed a communications strategy to help people cope with post-earthquake stress, particularly that component of stress arising from an insufficient knowledge of earthquakes. A communications plan is prepared before the emergency response period; a high priority is given to those persons who felt the earthquake most strongly; basic information on earthquake phenomena and preparedness is provided; and finally, seismologists make themselves both known and available before and after the earthquake. With this strategy, seismologists can help to relieve unnecessary anxiety and to promote positive preparation.