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Cascadia's Fault

The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America
Thompson, Jerry (Book - 2011 )
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Explains that a major earthquake and resulting tsunamis are likely to occur off the Pacific Northwest coast any time within the next two hundred years, arguing that the effects of the disaster will be far worse than the damage from the 2004 Sumatran quake and tsunamis.
Authors: Thompson, Jerry, 1949-
Title: Cascadia's fault
the coming earthquake and tsunami that could devastate North America
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2011
Characteristics: xxii, 337 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jerry Thompson
Contents: pt. 1. Tremors and ripples
Mexico City : preview of coming events
Lessons from the rubble : a front-page story
The Alaska megathrust : Cascadia's northern cousin
Against the wind of convention : Plafker, Benioff, and Press
Cauldron and crust : the rehabilitation of continental drift
Nuke on a fault : early clues in Humboldt Bay
Proving the doubters wrong : the Chile connection
Mount St. Helens : Cascadia's smoking gun?
pt. 2. Setbacks and breakthroughs
Mud cores and lasers : the search for evidence
The whoops factor : Cascadia's true nature revealed
Quake hunters : finding Cascadia's ghost forest
Cedars, peat, and turbidites : a tipping point at Monmouth
Cascadia's segmented past : apocalypse or decades of terror?
Digital water : catching waves in a computer
Defining the zone : hot rocks and high water
Cracks, missing rings, and native voices : closing in on a killer quake
The orphan tsunami : final proof of Cascadia's last rupture
Episodic tremor and slip : tracking Cascadia with GPS
Turbidite timeline : Cascadia's long and violent history
When's this going to happen? : the problems with prediction
pt. 3. Shockwaves
Facing reality : Cascadia equals Sumatra
The next wave : thinking the unthinkable
Watching it happen, wishing it wouldn't
Cascadia's fault : day of reckoning
Epilogue: Survival and resilience, a state of mind
Summary: Explains that a major earthquake and resulting tsunamis are likely to occur off the Pacific Northwest coast any time within the next two hundred years, arguing that the effects of the disaster will be far worse than the damage from the 2004 Sumatran quake and tsunamis.
ISBN: 1582436436
9781582436432
Branch Call Number: 551.220916432 T4733c 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Natural disasters Pacific Area Natural disasters North America Natural disasters Northwest, Pacific Tsunamis Northwest, Pacific Forecasting Earthquake prediction Northwest, Pacific Tsunamis Northwest, Pacific Earthquakes Northwest, Pacific Cascadia Subduction Zone
Topical Term: Natural disasters
Natural disasters
Natural disasters
Tsunamis
Earthquake prediction
Tsunamis
Earthquakes
LCCN: 2011010749
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List - Cascadia subduction zone by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 22, 2014

The Pacific Northwest gets a monster earthquake, courtesy of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, about every 500 years. And we're overdue. My favorite part of this book is the story of some amazing detective work used in going back to an earthquake that happened off the coast of Japan hundreds of year... Read More »


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Mar 22, 2014
  • jane137 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The fascinating story of the discovery of a major threat to the Pacific Northwest. Very readable; no scientific background needed.

This book brings the science down to layman terms without slowing down. A "must" read for anyone living in the Pacific Northwest.

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