control efforts need to be multidisciplinary and should include public
education programs, as well as better building design and improved quality
of construction in those areas most likely to suffer an earthquake (92).
The problem of "earthquake casualties" involves questions of seismology, the
engineering of the built environment, the nature of both the physical and
the sociological environments, aspects of personal and group psychology and
behavior, short- and long-term economic issues, and many planning and
preparedness aspects. Public-health and disaster-response officials need to
work together in the effort to develop and maintain effective seismic
safety-planning and earthquake mitigation programs (79).