Earthquake Storms

The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault

Dvorak, John

Book - 2014
Earthquake Storms
The San Andreas Fault is everywhere, and primed for a colossal quake. For decades, scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Earth's crust is inevitable. In fact, it is a geologic necessity. The San Andreas fault runs almost the entire length of California, from the redwood forest to the east edge of the Salton Sea. Along the way, it passes through two of the largest urban areas of the country--San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dozens of major highways and interstates cross it. Scores of housing developments have been planted over it. The words "San Andreas" are so familiar today that they have become synonymous with earthquake. Yet, few people understand the San Andreas or the network of subsidiary faults it has spawned. Some run through Hollywood, others through Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The Hayward fault slices the football stadium at the University of California in half. Even among scientists, few appreciate that the San Andreas fault is a transient, evolving system that, as seen today, is younger than the Grand Canyon and key to our understanding of earthquakes worldwide.

Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2014
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition
ISBN: 1605984957
Branch Call Number: 551.87 D988e 2014
Characteristics: xviii, 254 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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List - Cascadia subduction zone by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 22, 2014

OK, it's mostly about the San Andreas Fault, but it's full of the history of seismology and how people figured this stuff out. Well written, excellent read, and you don't need a Ph.D. in geology to understand it.

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