Beware! Prepare! Stay alert!

Riddett, Robyn (2002) Beware! Prepare! Stay alert! In: Estrategias relativas al patrimonio cultural mundial. La salvaguarda en un mundo globalizado. Principios, practicas y perspectivas. 13th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. Actas. Comité Nacional Español del ICOMOS, Madrid, pp. 260-263. [Book Section]


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Abstract (in English)

An unprecedented number of natural disasters occurred at the turn of the twentieth century which caused havoc and the destruction of societies and cultural heritage. Earthquakes hit Turkey, Taiwan, Greece, Seattle (USA) and Puebla (Mexico); a cyanide spill flowed through Romania, severe bushfires whipped through part of Sydney and the Blue Mountains (Australia); cyclones ripped through Hong Kong; the Caribbean and south-east United States; severe storms hit France, damaging the Palace of Versailles and Ste Chapelle before heading east through Italy, Switzerland and Austria; mudslides buried towns in Venezuela and the Philippines; a tsunami swamped the Sissano Lagoon (Papua New Guinea) and heavy rainfall caused floods which inundated parts of China, South Asia and elsewhere, while flash flooding occurred at Interlaken (Switzerland). Manmade accidents, civil disturbance, terrorism and warfare all added to the worldwide toll of destruction. The Bamiyan Buddhas (Afghanistan) were destroyed by the Taliban, the Balkans war waged an assault on many cultural monuments and the destruction of the World Trade Center (New York) left an understanding of our vulnerability to catastrophe.

Item Type: Book Section
Riddett, Robyn
Languages: English
Keywords: natural disasters; risk preparedness; Blue shield; ICORP
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 01. Generalities
G. DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
G. DETERIORATION > 03. Climate change
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2002, 13th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 17:46
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2011 17:46

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