Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean
Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
Partners in Action
Tool for Earthquake Damage Estimation
The main purposes of the RADIUS project were to raise awareness and provide practical tools for earthquake risk reduction. A new tool has been developed from the experiences of RADIUS case studies. The tool has been simplified in order to promote understanding, of the process and earthquake damage estimation, by decision makers and the public. Because earthquakes and natural disasters differ widely, the tool should be used for only preliminary estimation, requiring further validation and more detailed studies. It is hoped that this tool will assist many users to understand the seismic vulnerability of their cities and to assist starting preparedness programmes for future earthquake disasters.
The tool is a computer
programme running on the widely available Excel 97. It is not a Geographic
Information System (GIS) type of programme. The user needs to input the
The programme then
validates the input data and performs analysis. Output from the analysis
The tool requires only simple input data and will provide visual results with user-friendly processes with help and instruction documents. For more active users, a GIS View Sample of Bandung City has been prepared since the GIS tool is useful for more detailed studies.
All the activities of the RADIUS project have been summarized on a CD-ROM together with this tool, which can be used as a tutorial for users. The CD-ROM includes the RADIUS project description, reports from the case-study cities, report on the comparative study, the guidelines for RADIUS-type projects, proceedings of the RADIUS symposium, and other reports.