BackgroundThe complexity of an earthquake as a geophysical phenomena and the lack of understanding of deep underground processes causing it do not allow the humankind at the current state of technology and science to reliably predict earthquakes. Nevertheless, the consequences of the disaster may be substantially reduced through proper preparation and rapid response to the event. We consider a model of an aftermath response, the main purpose of which is to save as many lives as possible immediately after the earthquake.
DataThis is a simulation study; the parameters of the simulation are based on the previous research in the field.
MethodsThe utility of information is assessed by varying the following parameters:
- (1) the severity of an event
- (2) the sensor network resolution
- (3) resources availability, and
- (4) population density.