Books about earthquakes

Earthquakes: Plate Tectonics and Earthquake Hazards
Kusky provides a generally accessible discussion of earthquakes for the lay reader. No maths is used to describe the actual physical modelling of the earth's crust and its various plates. Also, only a deliberately minimal set of geological terms are proferred. Instead, we get a broad description of the theory of plate tectonics. The effects of various strengths of quakes is explained, along with possible countermeasures in terms of building construction methods. A key idea is that the destructive effect of a quake often is in its lateral sideways motion, as contrasted to its strength in the vertical direction. There is a discussion of the recent 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and how it originated in an undersea quake. Hopefully the tsunami warning systems emplaced after 2004 will minimise future tolls.

Encyclopedia of Earthquakes And Volcanoes
From aa to Yellowstone, if it's got anything at all to do with earthquakes or volcanoes, you're likely to find within the pages of this updated encyclopedia from science journalist David Ritchie and Rutgers geology professor Alexander Gates. The 1,000-plus alphabetical listings range from historical volcanoes and quakes (both famous and obscure) to entries on specific seismic phenomena (everything from parasitic cones to jökulhlaup) and general geological principles, including a few excellent in-depth discussions on topics like plate tectonics and seismic wave types. The encyclopedia also contains a lengthy bibliography, a list of Internet resources, a chronological listing of notable quakes and eruptions, and a handful of unforgettable eyewitness accounts (after the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, apparently Pliny the Elder's party went out "having pillows tied upon their heads with napkins; and this was their whole defense against the storm of stones that fell around them").
An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes and Earth Structure
Designed for advanced undergraduate and first year graduate seismology courses.
The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting
This revised and thoroughly updated edition maintains and develops the two major themes of the first edition. First is the connection between fault and earthquake mechanics, including fault scaling laws, the nature of fault populations, and how these result from the processes of fault growth and interaction. Second is the central role of the rate-state friction laws in earthquake mechanics, which provide a unifying framework within which a wide range of faulting phenomena can be interpreted.
Earthquake Precursors
Historical and Prehistorical Earthquakes in the Caucasus
The main objective of this volume is to evaluate existing knowledge and evidence of active faulting and historical/prehistoric earthquakes in the wider Caucasus area, and to assess the impact on the evaluation of seismic hazard. The seismological interest in the Caucasus lies in the availability of historical records documenting a long history of devastating earthquakes, coupled with advanced knowledge of the seismotectonics and active faulting beneath the former USSR and supplemented by recent instrumental programmes, including extensive satellite geodesy surveys. It is also interesting to compare various approaches to seismic hazards developed in different cultures (USSR, Caucasus, Turkey, Iran). In addition, the area presents a textbook case for the implementation of improved building construction codes and for the protection of critical facilities, including the nuclear power plants in Armenia and the Crimea.
Earthquake Geodynamics : Seismic Case Studies
Unless the geological, tectonic, seismological and engineering aspects of earthquakes are mastered, constructions will never be safe. A thorough knowledge of earthquake geodynamics is also vital if the safety/cost ratio of all constructions is to be increased. Containing contributions from renowned geoscientists with first-hand experience, this book discusses various aspects of earthquake geodynamics in seismically active regions. The chapters include lessons learnt from earthquakes that have struck urban areas during the past two decades and cover a wide variety of topics including the analysis of seismic sequences, the study of surficial deformation and geophysical techniques for microzonation purposes.