Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Active Faults of the World

$103.00 (P)

  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521190855

$ 103.00 (P)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Providing the first worldwide survey of active earthquake faults, this book focuses on those described as 'seismic time bombs' – with the potential to destroy large cities in the developing world such as Port au Prince, Kabul, Tehran and Caracas. Leading international earthquake expert, Robert Yeats, explores both the regional and plate-tectonic context of active faults, providing the background for seismic hazard evaluation in planning large-scale projects such as nuclear power plants or hydroelectric dams. He also highlights work done in more advanced seismogenic countries like Japan, the United States, New Zealand and China, providing an important basis for upgrading building standards and other laws in developing nations. The book also explores the impact of major quakes on social development through history. It will form an accessible reference for analysts and consulting firms, and a convenient overview for academics and students of geoscience, geotechnical engineering and civil engineering, and land-use planning.

    • Application boxes within the text engage students by demonstrating how theories relate to real applications
    • Provides a neutral journalistic account of controversies, such as whether the historical record is adequate to estimate maximum earthquake size for critical facilities like the nuclear plant in Japan
    • Presents arresting human perspectives, illustrating that a repeat of the 1505 earthquake in Kabul could kill as many people as thirty years of wars in Afghanistan, or that the Bible can provide information on the Dead Sea Transform Fault in the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah and Jericho
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "An astonishing achievement … extraordinarily comprehensive and well illustrated with seismological and geodetic data. It will remain a reliable introduction to the context of advances in the field, and how to use them."
    James Jackson, University of Cambridge

    "This ambitious compilation of all that is known of the surface faults of our planet will be a reference work for many years to come."
    Roger Bilham, University of Colorado at Boulder

    "Clearly written and highly illustrated … this is essential reading for anyone tasked with protecting at-risk populations or infrastructure prone to earthquakes."
    Gerald Roberts, Birkbeck, University of London

    "Robert Yeats provides comprehensive geographical coverage which remains accessible by providing context throughout … an essential reference not only for academics and students, but also practitioners in engineering geology, civil engineering and planning."
    Ken McCaffrey, Durham University

    "… this impressive book presents a massive amount of information in a clear, concise, and readable style. Its ongoing value will be enhanced by the approximately 1600 references to the primary literature. It is a landmark work that should have a long life as a major reference for anyone involved in earthquake studies."
    William R. Green, The Leading Edge

    "Yeats brings forth this first-ever worldwide fundamental assessment of the essential, observable characteristics that can be used to indicate the relative threats of single regional seismogenic zones … take this book with you on your next trip to the next project!"
    Allen W. Hatheway, Environmental and Engineering Geoscience

    "The text descriptions are illustrated by easy-to-grasp maps of the areas under discussion. This is an essential reference work for anyone interested in earthquakes and their accompanying hazards."
    Natural Hazards Observer

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521190855
    • length: 634 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 195 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.5kg
    • contains: 214 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Methods and background
    2. Introduction to North America: the Pacific–North America plate boundary
    3. San Andreas System and basin and range
    4. Caribbean Plate and Middle America subduction zone
    5. South America
    6. Africa, Arabia, and Western Europe
    7. Eastern Mediterranean, the Caucasus, and the Middle East
    8. India, the Himalaya, Mainland China, and Central Asia
    9. Japan and the Western Pacific
    10. Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands

  • Resources for

    Active Faults of the World

    Robert Yeats

    General Resources

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    This title is supported by one or more locked resources. Access to locked resources is granted exclusively by Cambridge University Press to instructors whose faculty status has been verified. To gain access to locked resources, instructors should sign in to or register for a Cambridge user account.

    Please use locked resources responsibly and exercise your professional discretion when choosing how you share these materials with your students. Other instructors may wish to use locked resources for assessment purposes and their usefulness is undermined when the source files (for example, solution manuals or test banks) are shared online or via social networks.

    Supplementary resources are subject to copyright. Instructors are permitted to view, print or download these resources for use in their teaching, but may not change them or use them for commercial gain.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please contact

  • Author

    Robert Yeats, Oregon State University
    Robert Yeats is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America. He is senior consultant and partner in Earth Consultants International, an international firm focusing on earthquake hazards, and also an Emeritus Professor at Oregon State University. He has decades of experience in earthquake geology worldwide, including acting as chair of the International Lithosphere Project on active faults for several years and authoring three previous books: Geology of Earthquakes (with Kerry Sieh and Clarence R. Allen, 1996), Living with Earthquakes in California (2001) and Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest (2004). An endowed professorship at Oregon State University has been named in his honour and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists have recognised his work by awarding him the Michel T. Halbouty Human Needs Award.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.