An All-New Edition of the Seminal Book Peace of Mind In Earthquake Country Coincides With the 20th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Northern California Earthquake.

October 9, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ — With the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta Northern California Earthquake happening this month, earthquake engineers and authors Peter Yanev and Andrew Thompson have completely updated and expanded the best-selling 1974 book Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country: How To Save Your Home, Business, and Life. This all new edition–available in bookstores now–features new information and photos, and distills the essentials everyone needs to know about earthquake risk management for your home or business in a straight-forward and accessible fashion. Yanev and Thompson are available for interviews to discuss the lessons learned from previous earthquakes and what business and home owners need to know and do to protect their lives, their property, and their investments when the next big earthquake strikes.

“Thousands of homes and buildings in earthquake country remain collapse hazards in strong earthquakes,” said Yanev. “They can be strengthened to protect the lives of your family and to manage the financial risk to your investment and business. Our book provides a comprehensive, well illustrated, and easy to read guide on: how to assess your risk, how to make the right financial decisions to control that risk and, what you need to fix.”

There is an entire generation of people in California that have never experienced a major earthquake and others that have forgotten the destruction and lessons that even a moderate earthquake like Loma Prieta and the 1995 Northridge, LA earthquake causes. Many people, while physically safe, are also unaware of the possible financial losses that can occur from an earthquake such as property damage and business interruption. There are many solutions available beginning with simple education, analysis, retrofit, possible insurance, etc.

After the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge earthquakes, Californians strengthened commercial buildings, schools and infrastructure but not necessarily dangerous homes and multi-family buildings. In addition, many beautiful, old, mid-rise buildings, such as those in the hills of the coast of California are potential collapse hazards and should be avoided. Soft-story buildings killed many people in both 1989 and 1994 yet most of these buildings (thousands throughout California alone) have not been strengthened.

Peter Yanev has over forty years of experience in earthquake, structural engineering, and risk management. He was the co-founder of EQE International, a global earthquake risk management leader, and he has investigated over 100 earthquakes around the world. He currently advises organizations worldwide including the World Bank, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley. A former president of the Northern California Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Yanev has published extensively and is a frequent media commentator on natural disasters. He holds degrees from The University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andrew Thompson is an earthquake engineer and leads the risk management practice in the Americas for the global consulting and engineering firm Arup. He has worked with corporations and governments around the world advising them on earthquake risk management issues. Thompson has published numerous articles related to earthquake engineering and risk management, has contributed to technical books on the subject, and is a frequent commentator to the media. He holds a masters degree in earthquake engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

About Peace of Mind In Earthquake Country

By Peter I. Yanev & Andrew C.T. Thompson

Chronicle Books $19.95 SBN: (9780811861830)

Now available at your favorite book store or online

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, homebuyers, 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 earthquakes, 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.

For more information, samples, photos please visit: http://www.theearthquakebook.com

SOURCE Peter Yanev

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