By Wilbur Zelinsky
Chosen by means of selection as a superb educational publication for 1992. during this landmark examine, eminent geographers current the 1st comparative, cross-national research of emergency evacuations engendered through each kind of catastrophe: army, common, and commercial. Zelinsky and Kosinski have chosen 27 evacuations of towns because of real or expected emergencies prior to now fifty years, from the Ohio River Flood of 1937 to the Chernobyl nuclear twist of fate in 1986.
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The vagaries of disciplinary history and the sociology of knowledge are equally culpable. Insofar as there is any scholarly tradition focusing on the general topic in question, it involves the weak convergence of two schools of disaster studies: one comprising a relatively small group of geographers and another based in a loose cluster of sociologists and social psychologists. The geographic study of hazards, largely centered in the United Page 12 States and energetically pioneered by Gilbert F.
Unfortunately, we have not yet gained access to this publication. We must note that the principal reason for the marked differences in length among the presentation of the twenty-seven case studies is the amount of relevant information at hand. These differences do not necessarily reflect the relative importance of the various events. With some reluctance, we have omitted from our roster of case studies a number of situations in which mass evacuation was an obvious, arguably prudent response to an actual or potentially catastrophic event, but where no substantial movement materialized (see Table 1-1).
As a compromise solution, some persons took to sleeping outside the danger zone, then returning to work inside the city during the day. An almost identical dilemma confronted the inhabitants of Rabaul, New Britain, which claims the dubious distinction of being the world's largest town actually built inside the crater of a historically active volcano. Unmistakable symptoms of an impending major eruption were seen and felt in early 1984, causing widespread anxiety but only a minor trickle of departures, mostly of dependents of workers (Brookfield 1984; Kuester and Forsyth 1985).
The emergency evacuation of cities: a cross-national historical and geographical study by Wilbur Zelinsky