Earthquakes can create large volumes of debris and solid waste. Depending on the severity of the earthquake and the nature of the built environment, waste volumes can be the equivalent of many times the annual waste generated by an affected community. Improved standards for built infrastructure are decreasing the probable impact of earthquakes in many communities. However, increased urbanisation and dependence on complex infrastructure networks increases a community’s vulnerability to a disaster. This also increases the likely amount of waste produced.
Chapter in Book
Brown, C. (2014). Waste Management following Earthquake Disaster. In M. Beer, E. Patelli, I. Kougioumtzoglou & I.S. Au (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering Springer.
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