About the book

Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country, the best-selling book which for thirty years has helped homeowners everywhere protect their properties and loved ones from the devastating effects of earthquakes, is now completely updated and greatly expanded. The new edition reflects the latest advances in earthquake science, engineering, and financial management techniques for homeowners, home buyers, and businesses in earthquake country.

In this comprehensive resource, earthquake engineering and risk management experts Peter Yanev and Andrew Thompson, who together have more than sixty years of combined experience and have investigated more than 100 earthquakes around the world, demystify the confusing technical aspects of earthquakes and present a do-it-yourself approach to home and business preparedness. Here, they explain in accessible text earthquake-related concepts such as “liquefaction” and dangerous “soft-stories,” then present easy-to-follow steps to understand and judge your risk as a homeowner, the soundness of your property, your possible financial risk, your insurance options, and how to inexpensively strengthen your home or office.

The book explains earthquake risks to anyone in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Utah, the Central US, and more. It provides informative graphs and diagrams, hundreds of photographs, maps of existing and suspected fault lines, lessons learned from past earthquake, and the probabilities of future earthquakes. Chapters are devoted exclusively to earthquake risk management and insurance. Most importantly, the book clearly explains what you can do to protect yourself and your property. This is a necessary guide for anyone living in earthquake country.

"This is destined to become the bible about earthquake risks. . . . Yanev and Thompson's clear information and unbiased advice based on decades of experience are exactly what you need to make the right decisions about managing the risks from earthquakes."

– Gregory L. Fenves, Dean of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, former Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of California, Berkeley
"This book should be read by individuals, business leaders, and public officials as a guide to reducing the losses from inevitable future temblors."

– Richard Andrews, Director, Homeland Security, National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination and former Director of California’s Office of Emergency Services
"A well-written book of much potential value to the property owner or administrator in a region of active earthquakes."

– Professor Charles F. Richter, creator of the Richter Earthquake Magnitude Scale